Apple’s next earnings conference call is scheduled to take place on Tuesday July 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, and while the conference calls are typically only of interest to investors, things might be a little bit different this time around.
LoopRumors is reporting that information relayed to them suggests that Steve Jobs will attend the earnings conference call slated to take place less than 2 weeks from now. If so, this would mark the first public appearance by Jobs since he first announced that he’d be taking a 6th month leave of absence back in January. Since then, it’s of course been revealed that Jobs underwent a liver transplant a few months ago in Tennessee.
Typically, earnings conference call duties are headed up by Apple COO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer, and while Jobs had showed up at previous earnings conference calls on occasion, he usually entrusts the reigns to others to discuss the finer details of Apple’s finances. If Jobs does show up, we imagine it would either be because Apple has some great financial news or because Jobs wants to show investors that he’s lookin’ good and is in good health. And should Jobs indeed make an appearance, you can bet that investors will be jumping for joy.
Also, an appearance at a subdued conference call might make future appearances from Jobs at Apple special events less of a spectacle about his health and more about the products he will potentially introduce.
As it stands now, there is another rumor that Jobs’ first public appearance is going to take place sometime this August at a special Apple media event where it’s believed that Apple will announce upgrades across its iPod line. Specifically, it’s widely believed that the iPod Touch will receive the same 3 megapixel camera currently found in the iPhone, and that the iPod Nano line will also be refreshed to include point and shoot camera functionality.