updated 01:10 pm EST, Wed March 2, 2011
Jobs says "iPad 2" to important to miss
Weeks after he took a leave of absence from the company, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance on stage at Apple's March 2nd event in San Francisco at Yerba Buena Gardens. Greeted with a standing ovation when he took the stage, Jobs revealed that Apple had been working on the next-generation iPad and that he was not going to miss the unveiling. He began by noting that over 100 million books downloaded from the iBookstore and that publishing giant Random House was coming to the store with over 17,000 books and that Apple had signed over 2,500 publishers.
Jobs also noted that Apple now has 200 million accounts across its iTunes, App, and iBookstores -- all using the same Apple ID and that despite others trying to copy the model, Apple is "way ahead." He also noted that Apple paid out over $2 billion to developers from App Store revenues.
Jobs went on to note that Apple had recently shipped its 100 millionth iPhone and that it sold 15 million iPads in 2010.