Apple chief's liver transplant revealed

 

Underwent surgery two months ago?

Apple boss Steve Jobs received a liver transplant in Tennessee about two months ago, but is still scheduled to return to work at the end of this month, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Apple supremo's health has been the subject of massive speculation since his decision to pull out of the annual Macworld event in Janaury and his gaunt appearance at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

Since then Apple confirmed that Jobs had a "hormone imbalance" and would take medical leave for six months until June, leaving chief operating officer Tim Cook in charge.

The Wall Street Journal report cites an unnamed source, "a person familiar with the thinking at Apple".

"The chief executive has been recovering well and is expected to return to work on schedule later this month, though he may work part-time initially," said the report.

Jobs did not respond to an email from the WSJ requesting comment and Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton is reported as saying, "Steve continues to look forward to returning at the end of June, and there's nothing further to say."

Rightly or wrongly, the success of Apple on the stockmarket appears to be intrinsically linked to the health of its talismanic chief executive. Shares in the firm rose when Jobs initially revealed he had been suffering not from a recurrence of pancreatic cancer but a hormonal imbalance, and then dived again after his leave of absence was announced.

According to the report, some Apple directors were aware of the surgery, and some have been briefed weekly on his health as part of an agreement made with Jobs prior to his taking leave.

Apple could make an official announcement next week on the emerging news.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


Apple chief's liver transplant revealed
 
 
 
Top Stories
First look: Microsoft Outlook for iOS
[Update] Office productivity suite for iOS completed with Outlook.
 
NewSat defaults on $26m in overdue Lockheed payments
Jabiru-1 satellite build hits further hurdles.
 
IBM denies plans to cut 112k jobs
But admits to further restructuring.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  36%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  8%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  14%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3096

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 986

Vote