This morning at Apple’s iPad media event, the company announced the highly anticipated iPad 2.
The iPad 2 has been completely redesigned over the first-generation device, featuring many new internal and external features. Internally, the iPad 2 has been updated to Apple’s new A5 Dual-Core CPU, which is a big upgrade over the A4.
Apple indicates that the chip is 2x faster with 9x faster graphics. The chip also preserves the same low power for battery life (10 hours) as the A4.
Cameras & FaceTime
The iPad 2, as rumored, also features two cameras, one front facing and one back facing that are FaceTime enabled. This now enables the iPad to FaceTime between Mac, iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
The device further includes a gyroscope (like in the iPhone 4), is 33% thinner, and is 1.3 pounds, the latter which is lighter than the first-generation iPad at 1.5 pounds. The iPad 2 also comes in two front bezel colors, black and white.
Prices & Storage
During the Apple keynote, it was indicated that Apple has 3G models for both AT&T and Verizon, however in Canada, we will likely only see the AT&T, or GSM, 3G models like we do today.
As for prices, Apple has maintained the price points and storage capacities:
- 16GB WiFi: $549
- 32GB WiFi: $649
- 64GB WiFi: $749
- 16GB WiFi + 3G: $679
- 32GB WiFi + 3G: $779
- 64GB WiFi + 3G: $879
For availability, the iPad 2 will be released in the USA on March 11. For Canada, and other counties such as Australia, France, UK, Japan, and Germany, the iPad 2 will be released on March 25.
Alongside the iPad 2 reveal, Apple also introduced a new HDMI video out cable for iPad. The new cable enables users to output 1080p from their iPad while also allowing the iPad to be charged.
And of course, a new product demo would not be complete without a new cover! Apple also revealed a new cover for the iPad 2, called Smart Covers, which is a flap that covers the front of the device.
The cover automatically wakes the iPad when you open it, and puts it to sleep when it closes it. The cover is further held down by magnets and includes a microfiber cloth that cleans the screen.
The Smart Covers are available in polyurethane or leather, with five colors of each.
iMovie & GarageBand
As part of the iOS 4.3 firmware, due March 11, Apple announced iMovie for iPad and GarageBand for iPad. Both are available on March 11 for $4.99 each.
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