Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs surprised a crowd of fans by taking the stage Wednesday to unveil the slimmer and fastest tablet computer iPad2.
Mr. Jobs’s surprise appearance was greeted by a standing ovation by the crowd in San Francisco. The executive, who took a medical leave earlier this year, joked with the audience, saying he “didn’t want to miss today.”
Mr. Jobs, a cancer survivor and transplant recipient, appeared energetic though thin as he took the stage at the invitation-only event.
The new iPad is dual core, front and rear facing cameras, an all new A5 dual core CPU and a nine times more powerful GPU.
The iPad 2 is also thinner – 8.8 millimeters instead of the current 13.4 millimeters.
“The new iPad 2 is actually thinner than your iPhone 4,” Jobs said.
The original iPad, which burst onto the scene last April, was more popular than analysts imagined. Apple sold 15 million in nine months.
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