FILE - Three file photos, from left, Jan. 2010, July 2010 and Oct. 2010, show Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Apple announced Monday Jan. 17, 2011, that Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence for the second time in two years. Continuing his outreach to business leaders, President Barack Obama traveled to the San Francisco Bay area Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 for dinner with a dozen top innovators, including Eric Schmidt of Google, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Steve Jobs of Apple, who is on his third medical leave as concern about his health mounts. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
The Apple CEO issued a statement Tuesday acknowledging that there is a shortage of the newest version of the iPad to go around but he promised his company would award patience.
“We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it," he said in a release. "We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
Jobs' statement comes as he is on leave from Apple for health related reasons. But his undisclosed health problems haven't kept him from being involved with Apple.
Tuesday Jobs was also called by a federal judge to testify in a pending lawsuit against Apple.
But 25 other countries will not have to wait as long. Jobs also announced in his release that Apple will begin selling the iPad 2 Friday in places such as Hong Kong and Singapore.