While a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer is often tantamount to a swiftly executed death sentence, a biopsy revealed that Jobs had a rare—and treatable—form of the disease.
“An inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend,” Apple’s Senior Vice President Eddy Cue tweeted back in March when the movie screened at South By Southwest.
Jobs, after all, was widely viewed as Apple's irreplaceable leader, personally responsible for everything from the creation of the i Pod to the selection of the chef in the company cafeteria.
News of his illness, especially with an uncertain outcome, would surely send the company's stock reeling.
Most biographies of Jobs mention the backdating story, and incidents like his fight with Gizmodo, after the site got its hands on his i Phone prototype. That’s something Steve would bring up over and over again: Values.
In the context of his values, I think the stories are symbolic.