Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be returning as company chairman, according to reliable US reports last week.
The San Francisco Chronicle said sources close to the company had revealed Jobs will be named chairman at this week's Macworld Expo in Boston.
Jobs has been scheduled to give the keynote talk at the trade show in place of former CEO and chairman Gil Amelio, who was ousted by the board last month.
According to industry analysts, the appointment would not come as a major surprise. Jobs returned to Apple late last year in the role of advisor, following the company's purchase of NeXT, the company he founded after leaving Apple in 1985. Jobs was also rumoured to have played a role in Amelio's departure.
He was then asked to help in the task of finding a CEO to replace Amelio and to formulate a company strategy, according to US reports. Apple said last week it plans to name a new CEO within three months. Neither Apple nor Jobs would comment on the rumours.
Separately, the future of Apple's imaging division was under a shadow last week as several reports indicated the company may get rid of the entire operation.
According to industry speculation, the company was due to make an announcement concerning the future of the division last Wednesday. However, no announcement was made and Apple declined to comment.
Just the man for the job?
"He (Jobs) was the most passionate leader one could hope for, a motivating force without parallel.
Time after time he insisted that the Macintosh was going to shock the world, be not merely great but insanely great, and it was clear that he believed it."
Steven Levy, in his book Insanely Great - The Life and Times of Macintosh, the computer that changed everything.
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