Analyst: Jobs to Host Apple's September Media Event

Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, expects Apple CEO Steve Jobs will likely make his first public appearance in months at the company's special media event on September 9, according to Fortune. Apple is expected to introduce updated iPod models at the "It's Only Rock and Roll" event.

If Mr. Jobs does make an appearance, Mr. Munster thinks that will that may turn out to be the event's hight point from the view point of investors since the iPod growth is slowing and is becoming "less of an investable theme."

Mr. Jobs has been living outside of the spotlight ever since he took a six month medical leave from his duties as CEO in January. Word surfaced in June that he had undergone a liver transplant that many speculated was related to his recovery from pancreatic cancer.

He quietly returned to work at the end of June, but hasn't made any public appearances.

Mr. Munster expects that along with new iPods, Apple will introduce iTunes 9 with social networking features, enhancements at the iTunes Store, and an expansion of available TV and movie titles.

Apple's "It's Only Rock and Roll" media event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9. TBe sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our event coverage.