Apple CEO Jobs Back at Work

Return follows five-month medical leave of absence.

Apple's iconic chief executive Steve Jobs has returned to work after a five-month medical leave of absence during which he underwent a liver transplant. "Steve is back to work," Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, said Monday. "He is currently at Apple a few days a week and working from home the remaining days. "We are very glad to have him back," Dowling said, declining to provide any further details. The 54-year-old Jobs, the visionary behind the wildly successful Macintosh computer, iPhone and iPod, announced in January that he was taking a leave of absence to deal with "complex" health issues. Apple has declined to release any further information about Jobs's health since the January announcement, but a Tennessee hospital confirmed last week that he had received a liver transplant. It said Jobs was "now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis." Apple has been notoriously secretive about Jobs's health since he underwent an operation in 2004 for pancreatic cancer. Apple last week released the first public comment from Jobs since he went on medical leave, a brief statement in which he lauded the sales of Apple's latest model iPhone. Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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