Jobs today also noted that Apple now has sold 100 million iPhones and has 200 million iTunes accounts linked to its Mac OS X app, iOS app, and media stores. Jobs said the iPad and the iPhone now account for the majority of Apple's sales, transforming Apple into a what he called a "post-PC" company.
The original iPad has been a runaway hit, with Apple selling about as many iPads as it has Macs in the last year. The iPad has also gained fast traction in even regulated businesses as mobile workers have found many uses for it, from sales to bedside patient care. Apple's iOS 4 added security capabilities that also helped overcome initial cocerns at many IT organizations.
The new iPad announced today comes as the first credible Google Android competitor, the Motorola Mobility Xoom, hit the market, following six months of poorly received Android tablets that ran the smartphone version of the Android OS rather than the tablet-oriented Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS that debuted with the Xoom. Tablets from Research in Motion and Hewlett-Packard, using their own OSes, are also promised for this year.
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