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Jobs Returns To Work At Apple

The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, who underwent a liver transplant two months ago, has returned to work, splitting his time between Apple corporate offices and working from home.

Jobs has been on medical leave since January, when he took a six-month leave of absence from Apple to recover from an undisclosed illness. Last week, Jobs disclosed that he had undergone a liver transplant two months ago.

On Monday, an Apple spokesman confirmed that Jobs is back. "Steve is back to work," Steve Dowling told The New York Times. "He is currently at Apple a few days a week and working from home the remaining days."

The company has said for quite awhile that Jobs would return at the end of June. "We're very glad to have him back," Dowling said.

Because Jobs is so closely tied to Apple's success, his health and Apple's less-than-candid disclosures of the CEO's health have made Wall Street and many investors nervous. Jobs is responsible for Apple's re-emergence as a consumer electronics powerhouse with the development of the iMac, iPod, and iPhone.

Apple's handling of Jobs-related disclosures sparked a review by the Securities Exchange Commission. The SEC has yet to comment on its review.

Jobs underwent the liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Tennessee. The hospital released a Jobs-approved statement last week confirming the Apple co-founder underwent the surgery and said he was "recovering well and has an excellent prognosis."

Jobs, 54, underwent surgery for a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2004. In mid-January, he took a six-month leave of absence from Apple to recover from an undisclosed illness that many industry watchers believed was related to the previous surgery. Jobs at the time said he was suffering from a "hormone imbalance."

Medical experts say it's not unusual for the kind of cancer Jobs had to spread to the liver and cause hormonal problems.


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