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Steve Jobs Returning "End of June" Makes WWDC 2009 Jobsnote Unlikely?

As covered in the Apple Q2 2009 conference call, Apple Chief Financial Officer, Peter Oppenheimer, repeated the company line that they "looked forward to [Steve Jobs'] return at the end of June".

Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) -- where in 2008 Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone 3G to the world -- takes place this year June 8-12, which is decidedly before the end of June, and thus the end of Jobs' leave of absence.

Does that make it impossible for Steve Jobs to pull out a surprise appearance, iPhone the Third Generation in pocket? No... but it makes it unlikely.

That leaves Apple marketing honcho Phil Schiller, who handled Macworld 2009, or iPhone marketing head Greg "Joz" Joswiak, who handled part of the iPhone 3.0 Sneak Peek as the likely suspects, doesn't it? (Perhaps with Scott Forstall again on the 3.0 software?)

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • NOOOOO!!!! I want Steve for Keynote! I'm rooting for a surprise appearance =D
  • He'll probably do the keynote but return to work on a daily basis at the end of June. He's already involved in other things at the company, I'm sure he's still doing the keynote (if that's when the new iPhone will be released).
  • HE HAS TO BE THERE!!, if they want hype, he will be.
  • many ppl said dat the iphone nano wud be released but in the end, it was all just plain rumors. im assumin the same dis june09 aswell..
  • No reason he can't do the keynote.
  • He'll be there and hopefully the stock jumps up 20 points that day :)
  • Prediction:
    He's never coming back full time, or even half time. Unpopular view, I know, but get used to it.
    I'm not alone in this view:
    His gaunt emaciated appearance would drop the stock 50% over night. He won't appear. Hormonal imbalance my left foot.
    Further, Apple does not depend on Jobs. If it does, its doomed.
  • Spamming The Iphone Blog are ye?
    Go get him Rene!!!
  • ...ANYBODY but Forstall.
  • @icebike
    I gotta agree. I think he is focusing on Apple University. (The in-house training center that teaches Apple how to be Apple.)
    OTOH, WWDC promises to be very cool!