By Frank Cioffi, founder and editor of Apple Investor News

Given the massive 2008-2009 press coverage of the Steve Jobs illness story, it’s interesting that very few journalists or bloggers noticed that Apple’s CEO appeared much healthier at last week’s iPad announcement.

It was clear, at least to me, that he’s gained some weight. Not a lot, but noticeable.

Take a look at Steve from a still frame shot of last Wednesday’s iPad event compared to a similarly-framed still shot from the September, 2009 iPod event (both frames were pulled from Apple’s own Quicktime videos). It certainly appears he’s put on some pounds.

He had previously mentioned he needed to gain some weight and it seems that he’s succeeding. He also appears to have a more robust skin tone, though that’s hard to trust given variations in stage lighting between the two events.

This is really a testament to Steve’s ability to engage an audience. We were all so fixated on the iPad that we didn’t look very closely at him.

Did anyone attending the iPad event notice Steve’s weight gain?

This article was written by Frank Cioffi, editor of Apple Investor News part of the Tech Investor News network. Full disclosure: Frank Cioffi is long AAPL stock.