Jobs Set to Return to Apple
After sick leave, CEO 'coming along'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2009 7:30 AM CDT
In this Oct. 14, 2008 file photo, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs jokes about his health during a product announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Steve Jobs will likely return to Apple this month as planned, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal, leading some to wonder whether he’ll make a surprise appearance at Apple’s yearly software developers’ conference next week, where a new iPhone is expected to be debuted. Either way, Jobs’ time away has shown that the company can function well without him: Shares have risen 68% since his departure.

“We look forward to Steve returning to Apple at the end of June,” said an Apple spokesman yesterday, in line with what the firm has previously said. “He was one real sick guy,” noted a person who recently saw Jobs, who went on sick leave in January, but he’s “coming along.”