iPhones Fly Off Shelves, Jobs Himself Announces

Two important tidbits of news from Apple this morning. First, a staggering one million iPhone 3G S handsets were sold in the first three days the new version was on the market. And second, the news was relayed by CEO Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave since January but it slated to return next week.

“Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” the press release quoted Jobs as saying. “With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever.” Not exactly earthshaking and almost certainly written by one of his PR minions, but the fact that the news was put out over his name was a clear sign that Jobs is indeed back.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Jun. 20 that Jobs underwent a liver transplant this spring but was on track to return to work at least part-time at the end of June. Apple has declined all comment on Jobs’ medical condition, but his name on the release, rather than acting CEO Tim Cook or marketing chief Philip Schiller, speaks loudly.

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