Sliding in under Apple’s promised “end of June” timetable for his return, Steve Jobs has retaken command as Apple’s chief executive officer.
Company spokesperson Steve Dowling gave similar statements to several publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle: “Steve is back to work. He’s currently at Apple a few days a week and working from home the remaining days. We are very glad to have him back.”
Even before Jobs announced a temporary medical leave in January, the tech world took on an arguably unhealthy obsession with Jobs’ medical condition as his weight appeared to drop over several months. At one point, Bloomberg erroneously ran the CEO’s obituary.
But interest in Jobs’ health wasn’t a totally groundless. Jobs is the heart and soul of Apple, even if he’s just one man. That’s why speculation of his return reached a fever pitch over the last month. First there was Steve Wozniak assuring Jobs was in good health, and then with rumors that he would make a grand entrance as Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference.
In reality, Jobs returned to less fanfare than that. Apple employees reportedly spotted him on campus a week ago, and Dowling didn’t discuss any further details. Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, recently underwent a liver transplant.