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Apple chief Steve Jobs back to work after liver transplant

AFP , SAN FRANCISCO

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,” said Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, on 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.

VISIONARY

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’ 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.”

SECRETIVE

Apple has been notoriously secretive about Jobs’ 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.

Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer in the garage of the Jobs family home in 1976 and the company’s fortunes have been uniquely linked to Jobs, who returned to the California company in 1997 after a 12-year absence and turned around the flagging technology giant.

Under Jobs, the company introduced its first Apple computers and then the Macintosh, which became very popular in the 1980s.

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