Steve Jobs opened Apple’s iPad 2 Media Event today by reporting sales of 100 million iBooks since the launch of the iBookstore last year, with over 2,500 publishers now in the iBookstore, including the recent addition of Random House. The iTunes Store, App Store and iBookstores now include over 200 million registered user accounts. Jobs went on to note that iOS developers have made over $2 billion from selling Apps in the App Store and Apple has now to date shipped 100 million iPhones worldwide.
Continuing his opening remarks, Jobs referred to 2010 as the “Year of the iPad” emphasizing that the iPad was marketed last year as magical and revolutionary technology and has sent competitors back to the drawing board with their designs; their prices and application availability unable to match that of the iPad. Jobs indicated that Apple sold 15 million units in just nine months last year, noting that the iPad has generated $9.5 billion in revenue over that same time period, making it Apple’s most successful single product launch ever. Jobs noted that the App Store now has over 350,000 apps, 65,000 of which are fully iPad-ready.