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Apple CEO Steve Jobs On Track to Return Within A Few Weeks

Recent reports from the Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors) confidently explain that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on track to return to the company at the end of June.

jobsAfter taking a six month medical leave, reports are starting to surface claiming that Steve Jobs is on track to make a full return to Apple within a few weeks, and that his lengthy recovery has been going well.

While Mr. Jobs has been on sick leave, some Apple directors have gotten weekly updates about his medical condition from the CEO's physician, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. Jobs's recovery "is coming along" and he is on schedule to return to work later this month, said this person, who has seen Mr. Jobs in recent weeks.

"He was one real sick guy," added this person. "Fundamentally he was starving to death over a nine-month period. He couldn't digest protein. [But] he took corrective action."

Much of the buzz appears to be conjecture of the type that has swirled around Apple and Mr. Jobs for years. But two people who do business with Apple said senior Apple managers have told them the company is now trying to coordinate Mr. Jobs's return with a product launch or public event.

What's interesting is that the report explains that top Apple management is getting direct reports from Jobs' physicians. Even though Apple seems to be shrouded in secrecy regarding products, internal information regarding the well-being of the company's CEO is a different story. The fact that executives are receiving updates from Jobs' doctors (at all) is a sign that most of the reports have been positive. If the updates were negative and Jobs were not making such a healthy recovery, I highly doubt the same management team would have access to said information.

Throughout the past six months, the media has exploited stories about Jobs and his health, often times combining the CEO's name with the word "cancer" in headlines, simply looking for shameful attention. Aside from contributing to an already extremely volatile stock (AAPL), Apple was thrust into the spotlight with what seemed like a terrible situation. However, at Apple's annual shareholder meeting in February, the company stood firm on Jobs' return. Being only a couple of months into the six month leave of absence, Apple was only getting started showing the industry that they could deliver great products without Jobs being so heavily involved. After dipping to 52 week lows reminiscent of times before the iPhone, the stock is currently trading in the 140's.

If and when Jobs makes an epic messiah-like return to the company this month, you can expect the industry to pay close attention to any and all of Apple's announcements. The next few weeks will surely be some of the most exciting in recent months for Apple enthusiasts. We wish Jobs the best as always and continue to hope the best for him during this lengthy recovery.

[image via flickr]

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  1. I really really hope he's doing ok. This has been a looooong six months.

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  2. Please ask permission from those Flickr users who do not share their images under CC license such as myself. I took this image of Mr. Jobs, and I'm not asking you to take it down, just saying others might not be so lenient.

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  3. Ryan, I did link to your page though :) -- Just always had the photo bookmarked as a favorite, so I thought this would be a good place for some good news and a great photo!

    let me know if you want me to replace it.

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    ryan @ June 12th, 2009 at 6:36 am
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    Thanks Aviv for the link, you don't need to replace the image its fine this time. What I would suggest is [image via katsanes on Flickr] for any photographer's credit since the image is courtesy of the photographer, not Flickr.

    @Annoyed Photographer I have no clue what you're talking about.
    @anonymous Same, no clue why you're asking me?

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  4. What part of "I'm terribly sorry, I should have asked permission first it'll never happen again" did you not understand?

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  5. Hey, if we ripped the text from a bunch of blogs, duplicated it, threw in some google ad sense, apparently all we need is a link to those blogs, and it's A-OK. I could just automate that shit and make real money.

    Is that what you're doing here Ryan?

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  6. steve i have great ideas
    but need some of your pepole
    to make them real
    im 60 years old
    take care and may you have the best

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