There was no question that Steve Jobs looked energized and healthy when he took the stage at Apple's 'Let's Rock' event on Tuesday morning. Jobs admitted to Jim Goldman at CNBC that he could "stand to gain 10 or 15 pounds," but otherwise he's doing just fine.
We decided to conduct our own photo comparison to confirm that Steve Jobs was not thinner than Apple's new iPod nano as speculated by some analysts. We ran the same side-by-side comparison back on June 11th when iPhone 3G was announced, asserting that if Apple's beloved CEO continued to shed pounds at a consistent rate, it would be feasible that he could become thinner than MacBook Air by Macworld 2009.
As expected, our calculations revealed that Apple's “thinnest iPod ever” was truly thinner than Steve Jobs by a wide margin. Though some of our staff argued that both Jobs and the iPod nano appeared much thinner when held up at the perfect angle.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt from Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog ran his own side by side comparison featuring Steve Jobs on stage in June (on left) at the WWDC event and Jobs on stage now (on right). We were unable to detect any recognizable difference. We're expecting Jobs to appear closer to the thickness of an iPod Classic in his profile view when taking the stage at Macworld next year.