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Thinner iPod, Thinner Steve Jobs?

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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ON THE SKINNY Jobs, (inset: new iPod!) (Photo: Getty Images) Earlier today at Apple's 'Let's Rock' event in San Francisco, Steve Jobs revealed some shinier new gadgets and a seemingly thinner frame. Jobs' gaunt looks have been a concern ever since he secretly battled pancreatic cancer 5 years ago, and as he showed off the "thinnest iPod" yet, it couldn't help be noticed that Jobs looked like he too might be at his thinnest.

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We don't know much more about thin Steve, but here's a quick recap. In 2004, he reportedly had a surgery called the "Whipple procedure" (you may have heard of it if you deign to watch Grey's Anatomy). The Whipple involves removing the gallbladder and portions of the pancreas, stomach, bile duct, and lower intestine. It's a pretty intense rearranging of the insides, and some patients have ongoing problems keeping weight on after the procedure. So anyway, about that new iPod nano. It has a slight curve to it; it comes in many bright colors; touchscreen like the iPhone; if you shake it, your songs shuffle; and it's less shitty for the environment than previous iPods. Wow! To celebrate, they had Jack Johnson play a song, which reminded everyone in attendance that sometimes silence is better than music, even it's played on an ultra-thin, jewel-toned device.

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