iPad 2 Unveiled
Apple held an event today where everyone speculated it would be for the successor to the iPad. Well, that came true as the iPad 2 was formally unveiled. It features a 1GHz dual-core A5 chip which Apple promises is twice as fast as the one in the iPad, plus graphics performance is improved nine times. Apple has added HDMI out which is capable of 1080p (though you'll need an additional adapter), plus there is an enlarged speaker grille on the rear. There are two cameras on the tablet, one on the front and one on the rear, and battery life is listed at ten hours. The rear camera can shoot 720p video at 30fps, plus it has a 5x digital zoom, while the front camera is a VGA resolution and can also record at 30fps. The resolution for the iPad 2 remains the same as the first one, 1024x768, which is something the rumors kept saying would be improved. Overall, the iPad 2 is 33% thinner than the first one and clocks in at 8.8mm while it weighs a little over 600 grams.
The iPad 2 has a cover which is basically a magnetic flap that protects the front and will automatically wake or put the tablet to sleep when lifted. The cover costs a little extra so it will be up to you to decide if it is worth it. The iPad 2 will also ship with iOS 4.3 which brings with it improved Safari performance, as well as FaceTime, Photo Booth, Garage Band, and iMovie apps to make use of the cameras. The last two apps will run you $4.99 a piece while the first two seem to come free of charge. There are also Personal Hotspot capabilities, but it seems it will only work with the iPhone 4. Curiously, iTunes 10.2 will be required to use the iPad 2, and seeing as how only 10.1.2 is available, I expect the new version to arrive shortly.
The iPad 2 will be available from AT&T, Verizon, and the Apple Store on March 11th in the US. You will have a choice between a white or black iPad 2. The WiFi model will range from $499 to $699, 16GB to 64GB, while the WiFi + 3G model will range from $629 to $829 for the same sizes. The iPad 2 will launch in most of the rest of the world on March 25th with other countries following this summer.