CNBC’s Goldman: Apple’s Jobs may be in serious denial about severity of his health problems

“By now you know the news, that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is admitting that his health issues have not only become a serious distraction for him, his family and the Apple community, but they’ve also become more ‘complex’ than Mr. Jobs had originally thought,” Jim Goldman reports for CNBC. “He’ll take himself out of the day-to-day limelight of the company for the next six months, but not relinquish his role as CEO. Day-to-day management will now go to Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, who assumed the same responsibilities when Jobs underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer back in 2004.”

“There will be myriad questions as to how Apple has handled this issue… But the biggest question I have centers very much on the present,” Goldman reports. “Last week, Jobs released a statement acknowledging a “hormonal imbalance” as the reason why his body remained so thin. It was only after ‘sophisticated’ blood tests that doctors finally pinned down what was plaguing him. He said in the note then that as soon as he determined he was unable to perform his duties as CEO, he’d be the first to step forward and admit it. All along, sources (and yes, there are several) inside Apple have reassured me that Jobs was firmly in charge, executing his responsibilities, and performing his role as CEO. One source, who I have known for years, told me recently that Jobs was ‘fine,’ and that everything was under control. All of it was fine. And I stand by every word of that reporting. Even today.”

“What troubles me is what has transpired over the past week. Sophisticated tests showed Jobs he was suffering a hormone imbalance. And only a week later, he admits that something happened in these intervening days that showed him his health-related issues are more complex than he originally thought. Come on. Forgive my skepticism. That seems disingenuous to me at best; dishonest at worst. It’s tantamount to fiduciary, ethical and financial whiplash,” Goldman reports.

“The fact is, late last week I spoke to two well-known tech industry executives, both of whom are very close to Jobs, and one of whom had been speaking to Jobs regularly up until a couple of months ago. Neither has an axe to grind, and neither needs to manipulate Apple stock to make more money,” Goldman reports. “Trust me when I tell you that both have plenty. What struck me was that both felt compelled to come to me to tell me that they had ‘serious misgivings’ about the state of Jobs’ health. One said, based on his contact with Jobs personally, that he was in ‘serious denial’ about just how bad the circumstances had become. The other explained to me that he was ‘deeply concerned’ about Jobs, and the sudden lack of communication, the non-return of emails, ignoring chat requests, unreturned phone calls was a strong indication to him that Jobs was in ‘dire’ shape.”

Goldman reports, “Both of these executives admitted that they had no direct knowledge of Jobs medical treatment. But both also said they were making their judgments based on their past relationships with Jobs, what he had told them, and how he was acting today… All this company had to do was be upfront with everyone from the beginning. Not telling us what we all wanted to know. But what we needed to know. Apple could have broken new ground on this front, ignited a new realm of transparency. Instead, it chose a different path. And shareholders, fans, and the Apple community are paying the price.”

“That’s too bad,” Goldman writes. “I truly hope that Jobs comes back when he says he will, in June. But realistically, even though he says otherwise, I’m not banking on it.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Please read Goldman’s full article before commenting below as there is much more background that we could not excerpt above. Goldman was working on a report regarding Jobs’ health situation and was in contact with Apple about what his sources were confiding. That fact may have contributed to helping Jobs to decide to take the leave of absence. In our opinion, Jim Goldman is a straight shooter. We’re praying for Steve Jobs.


  1. Crass motherfsckers posing as concerned analysts. Like they actually give a damn about Jobs’ health outside of what he can do for the share price. I mean, the guy is fighting for his life in a battle I certainly hope I never have to face.

    Find some fscking class, you miscreants.

  2. “And shareholders, fans, and the Apple community are paying the price.”


    No matter what Goldman says, Steven Jobs’ telling or not actual status would hurt share’s price either way. Apple’s shares were becoming cheaper for the past half year anyway exactly because of Jobs’ health concerns.

    And if Jobs would knew and tell his condition earlier outright, then Apple’s shares would be falling anyway.

    Thus any moaning from Goldman or whoever about this matter is totally nonsensical, counter-productive.

    There is no any additional losses to shareholders’ value, nothing would change for them no matter what Apple would do. So question whether the company handled Jobs’ health issue right or not is pointless.

  3. Please. Let’s afford the man the same dignity that we all might want regarding our own health and personal life. Ignore the uninformed speculation, and act upon your own human decency and compassion.

  4. Goldman has it all wrong: Jobs knows how serious his health condition is and is keeping quiet for a number of reasons.
    Like Goldman, I hope that Mr. Jobs comes back to Apple in June.

    The idea of Tim Cook running Apple for any length of time has no appeal for me.

  5. Steve’s not well. If he is dying then I am impressed that he would choose to continue working so hard with Apple. I assume he is not since I doubt that he or anyone else would work so hard at this stage.
    I assume he is sick and being dedicated he will stay on top of things but leave the day to day to someone else.
    Get well Steve.

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    “And shareholders, fans, and the Apple community are paying the price.”


    What a marvellous quote this is; I have to quote it for the second time.

    Since, as I showed above, no one actually “paid” any more in this situation than in whatever else scenario related to how Apple would handle Jobs’ health issue, what this quote actually wants from the company and Steven?

    Should he ask “shareholders, fans” to forgive him for being sick?

    “How he dares to become sick? shareholders pay!”

    And if he will not return, then “shareholders, fans” should condemn and damn him for not surviving or what?

  7. It is entirely possible his doctors told him he really needed to take time off to recover. Many people have to do that to beat an illness or injury. This is a bad analogy but surely you’ve known someone that had the flu but yet they doggedly come into work every day and wound up in the hospital with pneumonia? Everyone told them they needed to go home and get some rest but they refused. Perhaps Steve is just following his doctors advice. I still feel that there is just too much wild speculation and we should sit tight and see how this shakes out.

  8. Pancreatic issues are serious. They are difficult to accurately diagnose and treat effectively, especially in traditional medical circles. I suspect the cancer condition may have returned. “More complex” says quite a bit, especially when it triggers a 6 month leave.

    Job’s has the look of (at best) not assimilating sugars, fats, carbs or (at worse) having serious liver deficiencies affected by the pancreas/spleen. Let’s hope its the former rather than the latter.

    Taking himself out of the loop IMO is something SJ ought to have done months ago. I hope for a speedy recovery and a return of his strength.

  9. The first thing any reporter should have done is to check on the Whipple Procedure that Jobs underwent. There is Google to make it easier for them – and us.

    Check out the Mayo Clinic listing – it has some rather graphic drawings showing where the surgery impacts the patient and also a post-surgery drawing. It’s a huge surgery and, yes, it does impact the ability to maintain weight.

    Another site for the reporter to check could have been the Wikipedia listing. It even talks about some new approaches to the procedure in Europe that makes it easier to maintain weight.

    Now throw in a bit of review of the comments about Jobs diet preference and you know that he’s not a Big Mac fan.

    The fact is that we really don’t know what is going on with Jobs. Lack on knowledge has simply left most bloggers falling back on the cancer issue. Checking out other factors simply takes too much efforts for too many people.

  10. Looks like Gizmodo was right and vindicated. They certainly are shouting it loud and clear on their site. As they should, since in all likely, that they were correct after all.

  11. Wow. SO many experts. He suffers from malabsorption. Until you know otherwise, that is what he has got. Every person who has the surgery he had will have malabsorption, and a pathological kind, not the “wheat gives me the runs” BS in vogue today. I would not be surprised if he misunderstood what his doctors told him, as the term sounds so benign and fixable. He will fight hard for every pound.

    Leave the man alone, and hope for recovery.

  12. Jubei,

    How could Gizmodo have been right on Dec. 30th if “during the past week” Jobs learned that his “health-related issues are more complex” than he “originally thought?”

    Either Jobs or Gizmodo are lying as they both can’t right.

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