Report: Steve Jobs Returning to Work This Month

Artwork: Chip Taylor
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on track to return from medical leave this month, and there is even speculation that he may be present at the company's annual software developers' conference next week at San Francisco, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, quoting people familiar with the matter.

According to the report, Jobs's recovery is "coming along" and that he is set to return to work, as planned, sometime this month. Some Apple directors have received weekly updates from Jobs's doctors, the report states.

Jobs, who is a survivor of pancreatic cancer, took leave in January citing health problems. In an earlier letter to the Apple community, Jobs said he had been diagnosed with a hormone imbalance which caused him to lose weight.

Apple was not immediately available for comment on the report.

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference starts in San Francisco on Monday. A team of Apple executives, led by Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, is set to deliver the keynote.

Jobs unveiled Apple's 3G iPhone at this annual event in June last year.

Jobs has played a pivotal role at Apple, leading its foray into digital players like the iPod and the iPhone. This has made his health an issue of concern for investors as well as the company's customers.

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