Rumors that the ailing Apple CEO would make an appearance at the event started Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn't until COO Tim Cook took a seat in the audience that people began to believe that Jobs would to the honors himself.
"We've been working on this product for a while, and I just didn't want to miss today," Jobs said. "Thank you for having me."
The lights dimmed and right on cue (from stage-left) Steve Jobs walked back into the national spotlight.
Appearing in his "Steve Jobs" uniform of Levi jeans and a black turtleneck, the man who is battling an illness many suspect to be related to his liver ailment, had good color and great energy. He might be a bit thinner than the last time we saw him in public, but nothing like the blogasphere rumors that talk of him barely being able to walk and being just weeks away from his death.
Jobs had the energy to stay on stage for more than an hour. He used his time to do what he does best: sell Apple products.