“Steve Jobs will give his annual Macworld Conference and Expo keynote speech Tuesday,” Rich Karlgaard writes for Forbes. “Always anticipated, this year the stakes couldn’t be higher, the timing more dramatic. For three reasons:”
1. Will Jobs finally announce Apple Computer’s iPhone?
2. Options backdating scandal
3. The health of Steve Jobs: Two and a half years ago, Jobs disclosed his bout with pancreatic cancer. His cancer was caught early and is a rare kind that is less deadly… For Jobs’ kind, the mean survival time is five years. Given that his cancer was a single, small tumor caught early and surgically removed successfully, Jobs seems like a candidate to beat the odds and live a long life. Jobs lives a healthy lifestyle. He has access to the world’s top specialists. All of this is in Jobs’ favor… Still, during much of the second half of 2006, Jobs looked alarmingly thin–weak, even… Whatever the explanation, on Tuesday the Apple-watching world will see how Jobs looks and sounds.
Full article here.
It’s highly doubtful that Mr. Jobs will be taking the Macworld Expo audience through a bunch of “options irregularities” Keynote slides tomorrow, so on point #2, you can watch Jobs all you want, but you most likely won’t see a thing about that issue (unless he announces onstage that he’s taking that rumored leave of absence). As for the last point, Apple’s most-recent word on Jobs’ health was that it was “robust” and you really can’t judge a person’s pancreatic health through a black mock turtleneck. As for the “iPhone,” we might see it or we might not, but, its absence won’t stop rumors of a “special media event coming soon,” if we don’t see it tomorrow.
This article just seems like an excuse to mention “iPhone,” the stock options investigation, and Jobs’ health – just for the heck of it and/or due to his editor’s exhortation to write something, anything about Apple today.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs expected to launch at least one revolutionary product on Tuesday – January 08, 2007
Apple: ‘Steve Jobs’ health is robust’ – August 14, 2006
Piper Jaffray: Steve Jobs not at risk in stock options case – December 27, 2006