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iPad 2 Announced

by on March 3, 2011

iPad 2 will ship in both black and white from day one.

Apple announced their iPad 2 yesterday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.  Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance on stage to announce the new tablet.  Jobs went on an indefinite medical leave back in January for unspecified health reasons.

The new iPad, being launched on March 11 in the U.S., will have a new dual core A5 processor with speeds up to twice that of the current model iPad and its A4 processor.

Graphics performance is being billed as nine times that of the current iPad.  Impressive since the current graphics are already smooth and responsive.

Apple added two video cameras.  One to the front for Facetime calling and for use of the new iPad version of Photo Booth.  A rear camera is capable of 720p HD video.  Apple is also releasing an iPad version of their video editing program iMovie.

Other new features:

  • New smart covers that attach with magnets and turn on the iPad when removed.
  • An HDMI dongle to connect to an HDTV for video mirroring.
  • An all new thinner and lighter unibody design.  33% thinner that the previous iPad.
  • A built in gyroscope.
  • 3G connectivity on either Verizon or AT&T.

Apple also announced that they will be releasing iOS 4.3 the same day as the new iPad.  The latest version of the iOS brings personal hotspots to iPhone 4s.  It also brings expanded Airplay capabilities, Safari speed enhancements, and iTunes home sharing so you can stream your music and movies from your Mac or PC to your iOS device.

While the announcement brings a new refreshed and faster iPad to the table, the end product is not a knock your socks off improvement over the last iPad.  None of the new or improved features were unexpected.  One thing left out that I had expected was Thunderbolt, Apple’s version of the new Intel created Lightpeak I/O, capable of 10 gigabits a second.

As a current iPad owner, nothing with the new iPad will inspire me to plunk down at least another $499 for the base model 16GB wifi only iPad2, if not more for a higher end model.  I think new owners of the iPad will be happy with the second generation, but i don’t think that many current owners will have any regrets about not waiting.  The one thing that really makes the iPad what great is it’s rich selection of apps.  Until a new version of the iPad offers apps capable of doing things that current iPads can’t do, I don’t see myself or many current owners switching.

Having said that though, overall the new iPad is definitely an impressive device and will surely sell well.  Most other tablets have a ways to go before they can catch up to what Apple has done, especially with its App store and all its offerings


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