After back and forth rumors about the health of Apple’s revered Steve Jobs way back in last year and the beginning of 2009, it turned out that he really did have some health problems: complications with his liver requiring a transplant. It was supposed that he’d return to Apple by the end of June, and now he’s finally made his first public appearance since he first took his medical leave of absence earlier this year.Jobs’ first reappearance in the public was today at a presentation of several new iPod models in San Francisco. As an aside, one of the new models is an 8 GB Nano. It’ll have the much talked about built-in camera, an FM radio, and a lovely pedometer for all of your jogging and power-walking needs, all for 149USD. Other models such as a 32 and 64 GB iPod Touch and a 160 GB iPod Classic. Other models’ prices, including the 8 GB Touch, were cut for the Christmas season. A new version of the iTunes store was also introduced. Some of the new features include ringtones, an improvement with the way the software syncs, and iTunes LP, the enticement to buy entire albums that was discussed on OSNews earlier.
According to the report, Jobs discussed his operation with the audience. “I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs. I wouldn’t be here without such generosity.” He went on to also say, I’m very happy to be here with you all. I’m vertical. I am back at Apple and loving every minute of it.”
Now that Steve is back, taking the reins from those he left in charge to hold the fort, and apparently recovering from his surgery quite well, I suppose things will go on as normal. I bet that Apple’s stock will even go a bit higher. Still– and I’m taking a can of worms out from the fridge we placed it in months ago by asking this– is Steve Jobs’ health fair game?