Steve Jobs, sick Apple CEO, makes surprise appearance at unveiling of iPad 2 in San Francisco

March 3rd, 2011 by Staff – Sickly Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance in San Francisco Wednesday to unveil the hotly-anticipated second version of the iPad.

A standing ovation greeted a frail-looking Jobs as he took the stage at the Yerba Buena Center in his signature black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and wire-rimmed glasses.

“We’ve been working on this product for a while, and I just didn’t want to miss today,” Jobs said, his voice strong.

Before showing a sleek video about Apple’s revolutionary tablet, Jobs declared 2010 the year of the iPad.

“We’ve gotten off to an exceptional start,” Jobs said. “We haven’t been resting on our laurels …We’re going to introduce today iPad 2.”

News of Jobs’ presence sparked an immediate jump in Apple stock.

The 56-year-old visionary has been on a leave of absence since January – his third – because of undisclosed health problems, and has mostly avoided major Apple events.

In the last decade, Jobs has survived a rare form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant.

The new, thinner, lighter iPad has two cameras for taking photos and video chatting, and a faster processor. It comes in black and white, and it’s 8.8 millimeters thick instead of the current 13.4 millimeters.

“The new iPad 2 is actually thinner than your iPhone 4,” Jobs said.

The new model will be available on March 11 and will cost the same as the original – $499 to $829, depending on storage space and whether or not they can connect to the Internet over a cellular network. In the U.S., the iPad 2 will work on AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.

Apple created a new accessory for the iPad 2: $39 plugs that will let people connect the tablet to high-definition televisions, so they can watch
videos up to 1080p in resolution on larger screens.

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