Steve Jobs could have only six weeks to live if reports in the National Enquirer are to be believed, meaning that the Apple boss might not live to see the launch of the iPhone 5 this summer.

The National Enquirer has published photos of what appears to be a very frail Steve Jobs and claims that he is only six weeks from death.

According to the US tabloid, this means that Jobs could die by the end of March, well before the launch of the next iPhone 5 in June 2011.

Apparently, the Enquirer followed Steve Jobs from the Stanford Cancer Center where the photos were apparently taken.

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The paper’s claims that the Apple CEO has only six weeks to live are based on analysis of the photos by Dr Gabe Mirkin and Dr Samuel Jacobson.

“Judging from the photos, he is close to terminal. I would say he has six weeks,” he said,” Jacobson told the paper.

However, crucially, neither of the doctors are oncologists and nor have they seen Steve in person. Apparently the analysis was primarily based on looking at Jobs’ jeans-covered butt.

Enough said.

The National Enquirer has a habit of predicting celebrity deaths and, thankfully, is not always right. The paper claimed that Patrick Swayze had only weeks to live when, in fact, he survived for another year.

Steve Jobs announced in l January that he was taking medical leave from Apple, the company he founded.

This is the third time Jobs has taken medical leave, after being treated for a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and undergoing a liver transplant in 2009.

Let’s hope he’s on the road to recovery this time.