Steve Jobs took a hiatus from his medical leave to debut the iPad 2 in San Francisco.
Steve Jobs onstage
Steve Jobs had been rumored to be making an appearance following the launch of the iPad 2, but he surprised everyone when he walked onstage Wednesday in San Francisco to handle the presentation himself as usual.
Jobs got a brief but heartfelt standing ovation from the crowd inside the Novellus Theater. Jobs said he is so passionate about the iPad 2 that he just had to be there.
With the significantly thinner size of the iPad 2 compared with the original, Steve Jobs said that some might wonder what's been sacrificed. It wasn't the battery, Jobs said. The iPad 2 has the same 10 hour battery life as the original.
Other iOS 4.3 improvements include iTunes home sharing, which allows you to see other iTunes libraries from your PC or Mac on your iOS device.
The new GarageBand app for the iPad lets even those who aren't musically inclined produce great sounding music, Jobs says.
The eight-track recording capability on the iPad 2 is more than the four tracks the Beatles had at their disposal while creating "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," says Jobs, a longtime fan of the lads from Liverpool.
SmartGuitar gives users the ability to play great sounding music with little or no musical training. The strings can be strummed, plucked and even mutted while laying the other hand across the strings.
A view of the multitrack audio editing on GarageBand for the iPad 2
A view of the multitrack audio editing on GarageBand for the iPad 2. "Anyone can make music now, on something that's this thick and weighs 1.3 pounds. It's unbelievable," Jobs says. "This is no toy. This is something you can use for real work."