Steve Jobs Returns Immediately To Standing Ovation; Unveils 3.1 For iPhone, iTunes 9


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The guessing is over, Apple’s CEO and visionary leader didn’t waste a second in appearing on stage at the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) event today. Jobs, wearing his standard blue jeans and black mock turtleneck, was welcomed by the audience with a standing ovation. “I had a liver transplant five months ago and now I have a liver from a mid-20s person, who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs. I wouldn’t be here without such generosity. I hope we can all be so generous and be organ donors. I’d like to thank everyone in the Apple community, and especially Tim Cook and the entire executive team at Apple, who ran the company capably.”

The announcements from Jobs started with the iPhone — which shows just how important the product is to the company going forward. He said in just over two years, they have now sold 30 million iPhones, and there’s more than 75,000 apps in the app store and that users have downloaded 1.8 billion apps (not including updates). Today, they announce a software update for iPhone and the iPod Touch, which fixes bugs and adds new features, such as a new application recommendation engine based on the company’s Genius technology, which will suggest new apps based on the ones you’ve already downloaded. The company has also launched ringtones for $1.29 apiece.

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