Did Steve Jobs need to say more in his resignation statement?

Communications experts differ on whether the departing CEO should’ve mentioned his health in his farewell announcement.

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Following years of speculation over the state of his health, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced Wednesday afternoon that he would step down as head of the company, though he will stay on as chairman of the board.

One thing conspicuously missing from his farewell letter or Apple’s news release announcing Jobs’ resignation is any mention of the departing CEO’s health. In January, Jobs announced he was taking a leave of absence from the company for medical reasons. Jobs was first treated for pancreatic cancer in 2004.

Also, though Jobs’ Wednesday statement predicts “Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it,” the company’s news release gives only basic information about new CEO Tim Cook.

Is Apple saying enough to reassure its employees, stockholders and fervent fans? Opinion is divided.

The health issue

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