Steve Jobs, the iconic co-founder and CEO of Apple, emerged at Apple’s iPad 2 event in San Francisco to a standing ovation, according to the LA Times. Jobs has stepped away from day-to-day duties at the company due to ongoing health concerns, but as he explained to the audience, “We’ve been working on this product for a while and I just didn’t want to miss the day.” Jobs led off his presentation by noting key facts about “The Year of the iPad” (among other notes, that users have downloaded 100 million books and that the iPad has generated $9.5 billion in revenue for Apple) before introducing the new-model tablet: The iPad 2.

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