Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple, Inc. CEO Steve Jobs returned Wednesday to the showman role that has helped define his company leadership, taking the stage for the first time since his medical leave to announce such new products as an iPod Nano that records video.
Jobs, who had a liver transplant this spring from a young adult who died in a car accident, got a vigorous standing ovation from many in the audience. Looking thin and speaking quietly and with a scratchy voice, the 54-year-old CEO urged everyone to become organ donors.
“I wouldn't be here without such generosity,” Jobs said.
At an event for journalists, bloggers and software partners, Jobs announced updates to Apple's iTunes and iPhone software and unveiled a new iPod Nano with a built-in video camera. Few chief executives are considered as critical to their companies’ success as Jobs has been to Apple's since 1997, when he returned after a 12-year hiatus. Apple’s stock soared and plunged on news and rumors of his health.
Jobs, whose medical problems began more than five years ago and included treatment for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, seemed happy to be back in the spotlight, saying, “I'm vertical, I'm back at Apple and loving every day of it.”