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Steve Jobs: 'I'm vertical'

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steve-jobs_lA very thin but familiarly-dressed Steve Jobs took the stage this afternoon at Apple’s “It’s Only Rock and Roll” product launch event. Jobs, making his first major appearance in over a year, was met with an enthusiastic round of applause that lasted over a minute. “I’m very happy to be here today with you all,” he said, before explaining that he’d had a liver transplant and encouraging the audience to “elect to become organ donors.” Jobs announced in January that he was taking a medical leave of absence, saying then that his “health-related issues are more complex than [he] originally thought.” He had been diagnosed in 2004 with pancreatic cancer, but the exact details of his recent illness have not been disclosed. A transcript of his opening remarks is after the jump.

“As some of you might now, about five months ago, I had a liver transplant. I now have the liver of a mid-20s person, who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs. And I wouldn’t be here without such generosity. So, I hope all of us can be as generous and elect to become organ donors.

“I’d like to take a moment and thank everybody in the Apple community for the heartfelt support i got, too. It really meant a lot. I’d aslo like to especially thank Tim Cook and the entire executive team at Apple. They really rose to the occasion and ran the company very ably in that difficult period. So thank you guys, and let’s give them a round of applause.

“So. I’m vertical, I’m back at Apple, loving every day of it, and I’m getting to work with our incredibly talented teams to come up with some great new products for you all in the future. So it’s wonderful. Thank you.”

additional reporting by Elizabeth Livengood

Photo credit: Robert Galbraith/Landov