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  • What a Steve Jobs Appearance Would Mean for Apple's March 2 Event

    AllThingsD has just posted an interesting article, discussing the rumor that Steve Jobs is "definitely mulling" appearing on stage alongside his fellow Apple executives to show off Apple's new product and software, most likely the iPad 2, and a preview of iOS 5. As Mr. Jobs is on medical leave as he battles a form of pancreatic cancer, it was widely expected that Apple COO Tim Cook would run the show, and Jobs would not appear.

    A Jobs appearance, while unexpected until this rumor surfaced, has some different implications for Apple's widely publicized event. If he does make even the most brief of appearances, commentators and media will be scrutinizing his every move, and will be looking particularly at his visible health, in order to gauge Jobs' future influence to the company he created and turned into a technological superpower.

    If he does make an appearance, I'd expect it to only happen if Jobs looks and sounds visibly healthy. There's no way that Jobs would want to detract from what is likely to be a very exciting event regarding the future of both Apple's hardware and software. If he seemed sick, he would take away from that excitement. On the other hand, a healthy and confident Jobs (who has recently been spotted on Apple's campus in Cupertino, not to mention dining with the President) would boost Apple's product introduction even more, as well as Apple fan morale worldwide.

    Regardless of whether he appears tomorrow or not, we wish Steve Jobs a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back on stage as head honcho as soon as possible. I, for one, would be thrilled if we got a glimpse of the black sweater and blue jeans tomorrow.

    All Things Digital
    This article was originally published in forum thread: What a Steve Jobs Appearance Would Mean for Apple's March 2 Event started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. torrent82's Avatar
      torrent82 -
      So many people don't realize that without this guy there would be no iPhone, thus there would be no android phones, no windows phone 7 phones...Remember what the old touchscreen phones used to be like ? I used to have an HP iPAQ...I gave it away for free last year that's how "good" it was.
      Without Steve, Apple will go "down the sh*tter" to quote him from a few years ago...no one has the guts to put his foot down and risk introducing something new and revolutionary because they're all busy counting their money and them risking losing some of that money makes them wet themselves a little so they'd rather not take that chance...Android and Windows Phone 7 are just different types of revisions inspired by iOS features...

      I hope he will be there tomorrow even briefly.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Well it's my birthday tomorrow and I need this event streamed live !
    1. warnera82's Avatar
      warnera82 -
      I'm definitely looking forward to the iPad announcement. I've thinking of getting one. Rather Steve is there or not is of no consequence to me. I hope he gets better.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Regardless of Steve's health, he should refrain from attending the event in order to show both consumers and Apple shareholders that the future management team is fully capable of running the company smoothly in the absence of Mr. Jobs.
      They do this by marching out a COO who is 5 years younger than Jobs? I agree with your principle, but I don't think Tim Cook sends out that message.
    1. chuk12chuk's Avatar
      chuk12chuk -
      sry steve.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      Well it's my birthday tomorrow and I need this event streamed live !
      Cool! Original iPad was announced on my birthday last year!

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Steve Jobs. a name that means something
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      I'm with you on this. I'm really worried what will happen to Apple when Steve is no longer in charge (health or otherwise). Cook was blabbing his mouth about iPhone variations (pre-paid, etc.) just last week. I'd hate to have Apple become like HTC where the world knows 3 solid months in advance of what your "big" release is going to be.
      We know what this release is going to be and have known it for months. The only thing we didn't know is the date...
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by leathelisor View Post
      We know what this release is going to be and have known it for months. The only thing we didn't know is the date...
      No, you knew it was due for a refresh like the MBP last week and the MBA last year. We know the iP5 announcement is coming at WWDC as well. There is a big difference between knowing a refresh is coming and seeing the actual product several months in advance (HTC).

      With the rare exception of last year's "stolen" iP4 debacle, we never see pics or actual specs on what is coming. Half the MBP rumored specs from last week were wrong.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Ya him showing up is key. The company is in a stage of huge growth and as a share holder, I would be really concerned if he was not there.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Steve Jobs for PRESIDENTE.