Steve Jobs Resigns, Looking Sick, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, Chinese netizen reactions to recent photos of him looking deathly frail.

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple, Chinese netizen reactions to recent photos of him looking deathly frail.

From NetEase:

Recent photos of Steve Jobs exposed, skeletal and using a wheelchair to get around

Local time August 27th, United States California, Steve Jobs makes an appearance escorted by family after having just publicly announced his resignation, the state of his pancreatic cancer afflicted body dismal. [3 photos, click to enlarge]

Steve Jobs thin and frail, skeletal, emaciated, pale.Steve Jobs sick, in wheelchair.Steve Jobs, sick, riding wheelchair.

Comments from NetEase:

黄易精神文明办公室林主任 [网易浙江省宁波市网友]:

To die before all your money is spent~~~~~~~ This is the worst thing that could happen in life~~~~

龙头山易贴 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

A person who changed how all mankind lives yet ultimately cannot change his own life!

寡妇乡马乡长 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

From the perspective of Apple’s development in recent years, if Steve Jobs dies, I believe Apple wouldn’t last 10 years!

123barcelona [网易辽宁省辽阳市网友]:

No one can predict the future, but some people can decide the direction of the future. Steve Jobs is one of them.

aboa007 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

A person who worked hard his entire life for the advancement of mankind. Hope he can become healthy again.

网易山东省聊城市网友 [我谴责你]:

Boss Jobs changed the way music was disseminated, changed movies, changed computers, changed mobile phones. If you can get through this, I hope you can change modern healthcare/medical care… Wish you the best…


Thank you Jobs and Apple, for having designed/created the iPhone.

On Sina Weibo…

The two most reposted (“retweeted”) Sina Weibo posts about Steve Jobs recently…

@这个微博很给力: (“This weibo is very gei li“)

To this day, three apples have changed the world: One seduced Eve, one awakened Newton, the third one is in the hands of Steve Jobs. These three applies represent three stages: Lust, knowledge, and being a pretentious cunt, steps in mankind’s progress. We have already entered the highest state of inflated desire! Now that Jobs is gone, will you still buy the iPhone5?

Apple Power: Three apples that changed the world, featuring Isaac Newton, Eve, and Steve Jobs.
"Apple Power: Three apples that changed the world."

@北大新媒体: (“Peking University New Media”)

[Steve Jobs after resignation photo exposed] No matter how many industry myths he has created, he is still not God. TMZ Beijing time this morning, a recent photo of Steve Jobs after having just resigned as Apple CEO was exposed. As can be seen from the photo, Jobs state of health is worrisome. This photograph was taken on the 26th United States local time, which happens to be the day after Jobs resigned.

Steve Jobs looking sick, thin, and emaciated.

Comments on Sina Weibo:


Hope you will take care of your body, and quickly recover!


One cannot decide the length of one’s life, but can change one’s breadth. Jobs accomplished that.


If one can live to life to this level/degree [of accomplishment], even getting cancer is worth it. Otherwise, better take good care of your own body.


Hope this isn’t real, God too can sometimes be crazy.


How can be even skinnier than me? Is this real or fake? It’s PS‘d, right?


No matter how long one lives, one must make a contribution to society. Steve Jobs is a great man, he lived a worthy life!


Won the world, only to lose oneself.


The world of man has lost a god, heaven has gained a golden apple.


Great men always have both greatness and tragedy, this is the duality of things.


Old Jobs has already created myths, and I believe myths will happen to him again! Jia you! PS, [he’s] too skinny, so skinny it is heartbreaking…

From Sina:

Full text of Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s resignation letter

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

A survey poll was attached to the above Sina article. At time of translation, a total of 33,750 voters had participated, with the following results:

What impact will Steve Jobs’ resignation have on Apple?

Sina survey poll response 1: Steve Jobs is the soul of Apple.

A major impact, Steve Jobs is the soul of Apple, and Apple will now lose its soul.

Sina survey poll response 2: No impact, Apple will still be Apple.

No impact, Apple will still be Apple, their product lines have already been planned.

Sina survey poll response 3: Uncertain.


Are you optimistic about Apple’s future development?

Sina survey poll response 1: Optimistic.


Sina survey poll response 2: Hard to say.

Hard to say.

Sina survey poll response 3: Not optimistic.

Not optimistic.

What do you think? Of Steve Jobs? Of his resignation? Of the future of Apple?


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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