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Jobs makes first statement since January leave

india Updated: Jun 22, 2009 19:15 IST

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, in his first statement since taking a medical leave of absence in January, announced on Monday that the company has sold more than one million of its new iPhone model in three days.

“Customers are voting and the iPhone is winning,” Jobs said in a written statement.

He said over one million iPhone 3GS models had been sold through Sunday and six million customers have downloaded the new iPhone 3.0 software in the first five days since its release.

“With over 50,000 applications available from Apple’s revolutionary App Store, iPhone momentum is stronger than ever,” Jobs said.

The statement came two days after The Wall Street Journal reported that Jobs had received a liver transplant about two months ago in Tennessee.

Jobs’s health, and the secrecy surrounding it, has been the source of intense speculation over the past year, often causing swings in the price of Apple stocks.