Apple's Steve Jobs Hits Stage For Release Of New iPad

March 2, 2011

Bill Chappell

Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared at the tech company's iPad event Wednesday in San Francisco, sending fans into a tizzy. Speculation over whether the tech innovator would be on the stage had nearly overtaken the rumor-mills about what the company would actually announce.

The event is being held to announce the new iPad, which is expected to include a camera and other updates.

The emergence of Jobs provoked a standing ovation. Jobs has been on indefinite medical leave since January. In recent years, he has fought pancreatic cancer and received a liver transplant.

Dressed in his usual Apple Event uniform of a black turtleneck and jeans, Jobs told the crowd, "We've been working on this product for a while and I just didn'twant to miss today," according to the AP. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.