Is Jobs Back On The Job?
June 5, 2009 at 7:37 AM (PT)
STEVE JOBS is on track to return to the helm of APPLE this month, reports CNET.COM, after nearly six months of medical leave, according a report in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL that cited unnamed sources.
"JOBS announced in JANUARY that he would be stepping down temporarily from the chief executive post while recuperating from a hormone imbalance, and a return to the company this month could coincide with an appearance at the Worldwide Developers Conference, which opens MONDAY in SAN FRANCISCO. The centerpiece of the conference is expected to be the APP STORE and the new features of the IPHONE OS 3.0, but there has also been speculation that APPLE will unveil a new IPHONE -- possibly including an FM tuner.
"JOBS, 54, has been the subject of heated speculation regarding his health since last JUNE's Worldwide Developers Conference, when he appeared to have lost a great deal of weight. At the time, APPLE insisted that JOBS' health was a private matter but revealed in early JANUARY that JOBS was suffering from a hormone imbalance that was impeding his body's ability to absorb certain proteins.
"'He was one real sick guy,' said a source whom the newspaper described as having seen JOBS in recent weeks. 'Fundamentally he was starving to death over a nine-month period. He couldn't digest protein. (But) he took corrective action.'"