Apple’s Jobs returns; Analyst wants ‘clarity’ on whether he’ll be there for the next several years

“Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs is back at work following a near 6-month medical leave, although he will work at least initially from home for a few days a week, the company said on Monday,” Gabriel Madway reports for Reuters.

“The official word of his return followed months of speculation about the health of Jobs, a pancreatic cancer survivor and his future with the company he co-founded more than 30 years ago,” Madway reports.

“Jobs, 54, underwent a liver transplant in Memphis, Tennessee, while on leave. He has remained involved in strategic decisions at Apple while away, according to the company and he has been seen in recent weeks at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California,” Madway reports. “‘Steve is back to work,’ a company spokesman said. ‘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.'”

Madway reports, “Oppenheimer & Co analyst Yair Reiner said that, given the lack of information about Apple’s CEO over the past six months, investors were forced to remove him from the equation.”

“The hospital in Memphis that performed Jobs’ liver transplant said he ‘is now recovering well and has an excellent prognosis,’ but has not provided further details,” Madway reports.

Madway reports, “Pacific Crest Securities analyst Andy Hargreaves said questions remain and added that Apple has not shown itself very forthcoming on the subject of Jobs’ health. ‘The question is whether or not he’s going to be there for the next several years and I don’t think they’ve added any clarity on that,’ he added.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hey, Andy, are you going to be here for the next several years? We await your “clarity on that” with bated breath, you fool. You, Jobs, or any one of us could get hit by a bus tomorrow. But, if we had to choose…

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