A recent 'heart attack' story which was false, and quickly denied by Apple but not quickly enough to prevent the stock price falling, proves that anything related to Steve Jobs leaving the helm of Apple is a hot potato right now. And while the Fake Steve Jobs is dead, the real chap has neither departed from this life nor is he terminally ill as some reports have suggested.

However, now reports are starting to appear in respected online news journals that suggest Steve Jobs is preparing to quit while he and Apple are ahead of the game. While The Inquirer takes the less than serious position of Jobs as some kind of cult leader and suggests he might be ready to ascend if not to heaven then to "a nice retirement home" the reports seem to have stemmed from Gizmodo which analysed the Jobs speech at the recent new MacBook launch.

"Steve Jobs is leaving Apple. Not tomorrow, but probably very soon" Gizmodo says, and bases this around the fact that he did not take centre stage at the launch but instead let other key members of the Apple team do much of the talking. It concludes that the event was used to get the message across that if Jobs moves on then nobody should panic and Apple will survive.

Unsurprisingly, Apple did not respond to my request for a departing comment from Steve...

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A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to Forbes.com, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

I wouldn't be surprised if he retired; Bill gates just did.