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Posted at 2:56 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Steve Jobs upstages iPad 2 at product launch

By Melissa Bell
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Steve Jobs at the iPad 2 launch. (Rob Pegoraro/The Washington Post)

Forgot all the speculation over the iPad 2, the big news from Silicon Valley was Steve Jobs's appearance at the launch. Jobs took the stage to a standing ovation, and shares of Apple, which had been flat, climbed as much as 1.4 percent, Reuters reports.

"He looks thin -- but not more so than he did at September's press event -- but upbeat," The Post's Rob Pegoraro reported from the event.

Jobs's black turtleneck and jeans combo has been as much a part of the Apple press events as the black stage and glowing screen. However, Jobs's faltering health, from a rare form of cancer, had people speculating about whether he would show up for the event. After taking medical leave from the company, he's made few public appearances.

"Didn't want to miss today," he said, strolling onto stage.

For the breakdown on the other star of the show, that tablet Jobs was talking about, check out the specs for the iPad 2 here.

By Melissa Bell  | March 2, 2011; 2:56 PM ET
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