Given his recent health-related leave of absence, it was refreshing to see that Steve Jobs took the stage at today’s Apple event to announce the forthcoming arrival of the iPad 2. It’s lighter and thinner than the original, but packs in more features and more processing power. New additions include rear and front-facing cameras, an iOS update, smart covers, and a built-in gyroscope.,,the only advancement on the connectivity front was the addition of HDMI via an optional adapter…
The iPad 2 has the same 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 resolution (132 ppi) LED-backlit LCD screen as the original, but the device is 33 percent thinner at 8.8mm, which is even thinner than an iPhone 4. It’s also 15 percent lighter than the original at 613g for the 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi only, and either 1.34 or 1.35 pounds for the 3G and Wi-Fi model.
In spite of the slimming down, Apple has managed to squeeze in a dual core system-on-a-chip called the A5 which has a processor that’s up to twice as fast as the A4 – and graphics that are up to nine times faster – but retains the low power attributes of its predecessor. Battery life has been preserved at 10 hours, with over a month on stand-by.
At last Apple has answered the call of its customers, and included cameras into the new iPad. There’s a front-facing VGA-quality videoconferencing cam that’s ready and waiting for FaceTime…and a 720p high definition camera to the rear. Photo and video content can be geotagged over Wi-Fi. The company is continuing its FaceTime onslaught by bringing it to the iPad. Available at launch, users will be able to use it between two iPads, an iPad and an iPhone, or iPad and a Mac…
There’s good news for those who suffer from impatience, too. The iPad 2 (and iOS 4.3) are set for release in the U.S. on March 11, with 26 more countries getting the device on March 25 (including UK, Australia, France, Canada, Sweden, and Greece).
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Some of you are aware that I already have an iPad 1.
Am I getting a shiny new iPad 2. You betcha. Same specs as my current critter. Same price…less trade-in. Something not at all uncommon in the world of Apple resellers.