With a little more than a month to go before he is scheduled to return to Apple, Steve Jobs sounds "healthy" and "energetic," Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told The Wall Street Journal.
Speaking to the Journal at the D: All Things Digital conference, Wozniak said that Jobs didn't sound sick or appear to be in any kind of a health crisis.
The news from Wozniak is the first tentative confirmation to the public that Jobs' health is improving. Concern grew for Jobs last year after public appearances at which he seemed gaunt.
Speculation was that Jobs' pancreatic cancer had returned and was taking a toll on him. An intensely private man, Jobs in January decided to divulge that the reason for his sickness was a hormone imbalance. He said that doctors knew how to treat the problem and that improvement was expected by late spring.
Just nine days later, Jobs took a voluntary leave of absence after learning that "my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought" and as concerns about his health began to overshadow everything else that was happening at Apple.
Not much has been said since. Apple has maintained that Job's health is a private matter and left it at that.
Jobs is scheduled to return to the helm of Apple at the end of June, after the company's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference finishes.