March 2nd, 2011

The iPad 2 has landed

Apple on Wed­nes­day unveiled the next ver­sion of the ipad — offi­cially called the iPad 2 — claim­ing it has been re-​designed from the bot­tom up.

In sum­mary, the iPad 2 is faster, thin­ner and lighter than the first iPad, comes with front and back facing cam­eras, can be plugged into a TV and yet its bat­tery life and pri­cing remain unchanged.

For those so obsessed, here are the details:

1. Two new, faster pro­cessors in every iPad. The main CPU is a Sam­sung A5 dual core pro­cessor, claimed to be up to nine times faster than the ori­ginal iPad. There’s also a new graph­ics pro­cessor that’s twice the speed of the one in the ori­ginal iPad.

2. It’s 33% thin­ner. That makes it thin­ner than the iPhone 4. It’s 8.8 mm, as opposed to 13.4 mm for the ori­ginal iPad.

3. It’s slightly lighter at 1.3 lb as opposed to 1.5 lb.

4. Front and rear cam­eras come built in. Face­Time, the Apple video con­fer­en­cing app and Photo Booth, the Mac app that lets you take pic­tures of your­self, are both included.

5. The iPad 2 is HDMI com­pat­ible, so it can be plugged into a TV or large screen. And, accord­ing to Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, this will work with “every app”.

6. The bat­tery life is the same as the ori­ginal iPad — around 10 hours.

7. The retail price remains the same: $499 for the basic 16GB Wi-​fi ver­sion. $829 for the 3G model with 64GB.

Apple has also made a new “smart cover” for the iPad 2, avail­able in poly­ureth­ane or leather. It attaches to the front of the iPad 2 with mag­nets and auto­mat­ic­ally ‘wakes’ the iPad 2 when it is removed.

Unlike the iPhone 4, it will also come in white, as well as black, from day one. And when is day one? March 11th in the US, March 25th in 26 other countries.

1 comment to The iPad 2 has landed

  • won­der­ful stuff thanx :)Court­ney Husson

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