Jobs breaks from medical leave to unveil iPad 2

The iPad2 is one-third of an inch thinner than its predecessor.

Apple is back with a second-generation tablet computer that squeezes more power into a thinner shell while keeping prices in check. Underscoring the tablet’s importance to Apple, CEO Steve Jobs briefly emerged from a medical leave on March 2 and made a surprising appearance to unveil the iPad 2 himself.

With the original iPad, Apple proved there is great demand for a tablet that’s less than a laptop and more than a smart phone, yet performs many of the same tasks.

Dozens of copycat touch-screen devices are in the works, but so far none has broken into the mainstream consciousness the way the iPad has.…Read More