The National Enquirer is reporting that Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs has just six weeks to live. They’ve recently published pictures, which captured an extremely thin-looking Jobs going into the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. These images were reportedly captured on February 8 and represent the first hard evidence that Jobs, indeed, has cancer. Though it’s known that Jobs underwent a liver transplant in 2009, Apple’s front man has been very guarded about the details of his health. He’s on a medical leave of absence and has handed over the day-to-day control of the company, but other than that, little else had been reported until the Enquirer broke this story.
It should be noted that although the notorious tabloid is anything but reliable, the National Enquirer has broken major news stories before. They were the ones who first reported that John Edwards was having an affair. That said, they are basing their Jobs prognosis on these photographs alone — nothing else. As the tech blog Digital Trends points out: “The morbid ‘six weeks to live’ estimate was delivered to the Enquirer by Dr. Gabe Mirkin and Dr. Samuel Jacobson — neither of who has seen Jobs in person. They make their claims based entirely on what they saw in the photos.” So there’s obviously plenty of room for skepticism in this case.
Regardless, it’s virtually impossible to look at these pictures and not come away with the conclusion that Jobs is extremely sick. I can only imagine how his family must feel. Not just his biological one, but also the family he started at Apple. That family has infiltrated virtually every other family in America. As in countless others, Apple’s products are a staple in our house. And soon, they’ll be a staple at my child’s school, as every student will be required next year to have an Apple iPad.
So, for the sake of not only his biological and corporate families, but also for every single other one he has positively impacted, I’m holding out hope that the Enquirer is wrong on this story like they are on so many others.