Jobs Not Presenting Due To Politics, Not Pancreas

With the flurry of reactions to Apple’s announcement yesterday that CEO Steve Jobs would not be giving Apple’s final Macworld address, it’s not surprising that Steve’s health would be called into question. His history with pancreatic cancer has left many nervous that some day he would suddenly no longer be capable of holding his position at Apple, especially Apple’s shareholders. Still, world from Apple is that Steve is still as healthy as ever, and not to worry.

CNBC’s Jim Goldman wites:

I can tell you that sources inside the company tell me that Jobs’ decision was more about politics than his pancreas. Sources tell me that if Jobs for some reason was unable to perform any of his responsibilities as CEO because of health reasons, which would include the Macworld keynote, I should “rest assured that the board would let me know.”

Instead, speculation has shifted from health to politics. History also shows that Apple has been trying to slowly ween the masses from the joy that is the Macworld Expo, starting with the expo in Paris last year, which they also announced Steve would no longer be talking at.

Instead, they seem to be favoring the few media events they host every so often, which give them more control over their message and the ability to wait until they actually have something to say. It’s also Apple’s opportunity to distance themselves from their beloved figurehead, who many see to be the company’s most valuable asset.

[via CNBC]

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