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Apple set to unveil new iPad
Published on 2 Mar. 2011 10:09 PM IST
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More than a year after igniting the tablet computing craze, Apple Inc prepares to unveil the second version of its blockbuster iPad -- possibly minus lead showman Steve Jobs.
Plenty has changed over the course of the year. The iPad became a bona fide smash, essentially creating the tablet category and triggering a wave of me-too products that are just starting to hit the market. Now, as rivals Motorola and Research in Motion race to catch up, Apple itself is going through a transformation. There is as much speculation about whether iconic Chief Executive Jobs will take the stage at Wednesday’s event in San Francisco as there is about the new device.
Jobs traditionally launches major products with a pizzazz and style that reflect his eye for detail and design. But he took indefinite medical leave last month and Apple has not revealed details of the cancer survivor’s medical condition. His absence is bound to spark a fresh round of speculation on his condition. And his presence will be scrutinized equally closely for any signals on his health. Many in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street doubt he will return to the company he co-founded in 1976.
In his absence, it is a good bet that Tim Cook, the company’s operations chief and Jobs’ heir apparent, or marketing head Phil Schiller, will lead Wednesday’s show.
If Cook does appear, investors will scrutinize his performance.

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