Apple iPad 2

March 2, 2011, By Alex Ion

The iPad 2 is now officially out, and by the looks of it Apple had the reasons to put on a really neat show; their next-generation tablet is more than just an updated device.

Apple’s iPad 2 runs on a new 1GHz dual core A5 processor that makes it much more powerful in terms of graphics and task processing, and now features both front and rear cameras. Sports a completely new design that is not only lighter (from 1.5lbs to 1.3lbs) but is also absurdly thin — we’re speaking of 33% thiner than the old one, which at 8.8mm is even thinner than the 9.4mm thick iPhone 4.

But isn’t it too great to be true? More power packed in a much sleeker design … they had to compromise on battery life. Right? Wrong! According to Steve’s speech the iPad 2 gets the same 10 hours of battery life, just like the A4-powered model.

Okay, but if they managed to cram so much awesomeness inside, this is going to cost a lot more? Wrong again. Not only Steve mocked Android and the other tablet manufacturers, he’s also taking on them directly with an updated product that won’t be more expensive than the first iPad. Add to that the fact that the WiFi + 3G model will be available on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and it sounds like the best selling tablet for 2011.

Another interesting aspect is that unlike the white iPhone 4 delay, a white iPad 2 will be available and will ship at the same time, and same price with the black model.

There’s also a new cover that you’ll be able to buy for the new iPad. Actually … a magnetic cover if we’re to believe Steve himself. “”We designed the case right along side the product. It’s not a case — it’s a cover.” Not only it protects the front, itwakes and puts the device to sleep, and doubles up as a neat stand if you wrap it up. Costs $39 for plastic and $69 for leather.

We mentioned the cameras, but didn’t give you much details. The rear facing camera has a 5x digital zoom and  is capable of shooting 720p video at 30fps, while the front facing camera is mainly for video conferencing — it sports a rather standard VGA resolution at 30fps.

And the thing I liked most, the second-generation iPad will have HDMI mirrored video output meaning that you’ll be able to connect it to your HDTV (up to 1080p) and have everything on a very large screen without having to wire your laptop or desktop PC. And it will charge at the same time, too. Costs $39 though.

iPad 2 Specs/Price/Release Date

  • new design that is 33% thinner (8.8mm); lighter (from 1.5lbs to 1.3lbs)
  • A5 dual-core processor ticking at 1GHz (9x faster graphics)
  • the same 10 hours battery life
  • rear-facing camera: 5x digital zoom  & 720p video recording
  • HDMI video output (1080p) – $39
  • gyroscope
  • available in 2 colors: white and black
  • prices stay the same for all models (16GB, 32GB, 64GB)
  • release date: March 11th

 

Check out the press release bellow:

Apple Launches iPad 2

All New Design is Thinner, Lighter & Faster with FaceTime, Smart Covers & 10 Hour Battery

SAN FRANCISCO-March 2, 2011-Apple® today introduced iPad™ 2, the next generation of its magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more. iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect. iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the innovative iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of vibrant polyurethane and rich leather colors.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

With the new front and rear cameras, iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls to millions of iPhone® 4, iPod touch® and Mac® users so they can see family and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Photo Booth lets you apply fun visual effects, including eight photo special effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope, to photos captured by either camera.

iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari® mobile browsing performance; iTunes® Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay®;** the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.*** Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.

The innovative new iPad 2 Smart Cover provides protection for the iPad screen while maintaining its thin and lightweight profile. Designed with a unique self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove, the new iPad 2 Smart Cover automatically wakes iPad 2 when it’s opened and puts it to sleep when it’s closed, and has a soft microfiber lining to help keep the screen clean. The Smart Cover also folds into a stand for typing or viewing videos and is available in vibrant polyurethane for $39 or rich leather for $69 in a range of colors, including a (PRODUCT) RED one which helps support the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Apple also introduced two new apps: iMovie® and GarageBand® for iPad, both available on the App Store℠ for just $4.99 each. With iMovie, iPad 2 users can shoot and edit videos right on their iPad and post their movies to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and their MobileMe℠ gallery; watch them on their iPod®, iPhone or iPad; as well as view them on their HDTV using AirPlay and Apple TV®. GarageBand turns your iPad into a collection of touch instruments and 8-track recording studio, allowing you to perform with onscreen keyboards, guitars, drums and basses using multi-touch gestures–even if you don’t play a musical instrument.

iPad 2 runs almost all of the over 350,000 apps available on the App Store and there are more than 65,000 native iPad apps available from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. The iTunes Store gives iPad users access to the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 14 million songs, over 50,000 TV episodes and over 10,000 films including over 3,500 in stunning high definition video. The iBooks® app for iPad includes Apple’s iBookstore℠, the best way to browse, buy and read books on a mobile device.

Pricing & Availability
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on March 11 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad 2 will be sold in the US through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iMovie and GarageBand for iPad apps will be available on March 11 for $4.99 each from the App Store on iPad or www.itunes.com/appstore.

iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

**AirPlay video requires second generation Apple TV running the latest software.

***Personal Hotspot requires supporting data plan. Customers should check with their carrier for availability.

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