Steve Jobs Ready to Return to Apple: WSJ

Naysayers, time to eat your hat. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is ready to return to the helm of the Cupertino, CA based technology company, as scheduled, by the end of June.

In mid-January of this year, Steve Jobs took a medical leave of absence, giving few details but setting a timeframe to return of the end of June. Jobs had previously suffered a bout with pancreatic cancer in 2004, but in January it was said that he was suffering from a nutritional problem related to a hormone imbalance. He had earlier exhibited rather dramatic weight loss.

According to a person familiar with the matter, Steve Jobs nearly starved to death:
"He was one real sick guy. Fundamentally he was starving to death over a nine-month period. He couldn't digest protein. [But] he took corrective action."
For someone who had previously suffered from pancreatic cancer, this makes sense. The bulk of protein digestion is due to the pancreatic enzymes.

While Jobs has been gone, the company has fared just fine, although I'm sure people missed his "one more thing" at this year's Macworld. That said, you can probably place a pretty good wager that once he returns, or rather, makes an appearance, the stock will jump that day.

So, the big question for WWDC on Monday is not if a new iPhone will be introduced; that's a given. The big question is will Steve Job stride out on stage for "one more thing," most probably that same iPhone. That's the way Hollywood would script it. Cupertino? We'll wait to see.