NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Apple Computer Corp. was not commenting on reports that company co-founder Steve Jobs had turned down offers to return to the top spot at the troubled Cupertino, Calif., computer maker.|
Several reports emerged Thursday that Jobs refused the offer, opting instead to remain at the helm of Pixar Animation Studios.
An Apple spokesperson contacted by CNNfn said the company would not be issuing any statement on the reports since it considered them only market speculation.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Jobs' appointment was imminent and that it would be announced at this weekend's Macworld trade show in Boston.
Despite Apple's denials, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday that the company still might pursue Jobs.
Jobs was ousted from the computer maker in 1985 by then-Chief Executive John Sculley. He went on to form Next Software Inc. and then Pixar. Earlier this year, Jobs sold Next to Apple for more than $400 million and became a special adviser to the company.
When former Apple chief Gil Amelio was forced to resign earlier this month, many predicted Jobs would eventually win back his old job.
Once Amelio was forced out, Jobs took on additional responsibilities and started dividing his time between Apple and Pixar.