Steve Jobs: “The new iPad 2 is thinner than your iPhone 4”

Steve Jobs: “The new iPad 2 is thinner than your iPhone 4”

Despite taking medical leave, Steve Jobs took the stage at today’s big Apple event in San Francisco. He looks thin, but healthy enough to get in a few zings at Amazon and Google in the first 15 minutes. With 200 million accounts between App Store, iTunes, and iBooks, Jobs has a reason to feel good.

“The iPad is something that has to be held, something that has to be touched,” says Jobs.

2010 was the year of the iPad. There were 15 million iPads sold in 2010, which is more than every tablet PC ever sold. According to a video played at the event, the magical iPad has been performing brain surgery, flying planes and teaching children how to read.

“Many have said this is the most successful consumer product ever launched. With over 90% market share… our competitors were flummoxed,” said Jobs. “”When you add this together with over 65,000 apps… we think 2011 is going to be the year of iPad 2.”

It’s official: The iPad 2

The new iPad, which is thinner than your iPhone 4, features a completely new design, dual webcams for built in FaceTime and a new version of iOS. It includes a new chip, up to 9X faster graphics, same battery and is a dual core tablet. It will be available in white from day one, on both AT&T and Verizon.

New features include: an HDMI out, which provides output up to 1080p and works with all apps and mirrored video output. The $39 cable can be seen below:

iOS 4.3. highlights: Safari improvements, iTunes home sharing streaming, and Air Play improvements.

The new iPad will be available in just one week’s time on March 11, 2011, in 26 countries or more on March 25th and will include the same price structure as the original iPad.

For everything you need to know about today’s Apple announcement, read here.

Read next: Apple partners with Random House, makes 17,000 ebooks available via iBooks