Reports: Steve Jobs returns to Apple

Apple employees and a reporter say they saw Apple's CEO at company headquarters. The sightings come just days after a report surfaced that he may have had a liver transplant

Apple CEO Steve Jobs apparently returned to Apple on Monday.

Jobs was seen at the Cupertino, Calif., headquarters by a Reuters reporter and by employees, who confirmed seeing Jobs to CNBC.

Of course, there is no way to know whether Jobs started working again or merely stopped by the campus before his scheduled return next week.

Over the weekend, speculation on Jobs' health escalated as a Wall Street Journal report surfaced of a liver transplant in Tennessee two months ago. Apple continued its normal terse response on his health, telling the Journal that Jobs "continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there's nothing further to say."

Apple announced in January that Jobs would take a leave of absence to recuperate from a hormone imbalance --the reason given for his obvious weight loss and gaunt appearance.

In 2004, Jobs underwent surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, which some speculated had returned when Jobs took his leave from the company.

Coinciding with the Jobs sightings: his first statement since taking the leave of absence. It came early Monday in a press release noting that more than 1 million iPhone 3G S models were sold in their first three days.

About the author

Jim Dalrymple has followed Apple and the Mac industry for the last 15 years, first as part of MacCentral and then in various positions at Macworld. Jim also writes about the professional audio market, examining the best ways to record music using a Macintosh. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. He currently runs The Loop.

 

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