Apple Clears Jobs; Questions Remain

The company exonerated Steve Jobs, but its SEC filing didn't answer everything about options backdating

Investors hoping Apple Computer would end the year on a high note were not disappointed on Dec. 29, the last trading day of 2006.

Getting the options morass behind it will refocus attention on Apple's coming year, which is expected to kick off on Jan. 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. At that event, Jobs is widely expected to unveil a wireless phone derived in part from the iPod music player, which the company has popularized over the last five years. Jobs will also likely disclose some details about a product in development known at Apple as "iTV."

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