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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The iPad 2: Specs, Pics and Video


The iPad 2 launched yesterday and Steve Jobs shockingly showed up. This post looks at what's new in the iPad 2 and a few pictures.

Its officially called the iPad 2. Steve Jobs says apart from the design, its an all new product.

Hardware
The iPad 2 comes with a Samsung A5 dual core processor which is nine times faster than the original iPad. There's also a new graphics processor which is twice as fast as the old one.



Size, Camera, Battery Life
Its 8.8mm thin and 1.3lbs heavy and it will come in white. The width remains the same though[yeah, typing still sucks]. It's built with a front camera and a rear camera which allow you use facetime[the video call app]. Battery life remains at 10 hours.


Accessories
Apple has made magnetic cases that attach to the screen. As soon as the case is opened, the iPad 2 wakes. Cases cost $39 and $69 for the plastic and leather versions respectively[the cases dont work on iPad 1]. The iPad is now HDMI compatible, so you can connect it to your TV and large screens[Costs $39 per cable].

Software
On the software part, the iPad 2 runs on a tweaked iOS 4.3 with an improved version of Air Play. iTunes sharing remains built in and iMovie has been updated at a price of $4.99.

How much does the iPad 2 cost?

The iPad 2 starts at a16GB Wi-fi version for the price of $499, and goes up to a 3G version with 64GB at a price of $829. The iPad 2 is available on AT&T and Verizon and starts selling March 11th in the U.S and March 25th in other countries. Apple has since dropped the Price of the iPad 1 to $399.

Pictures


HDMI Output so you can use your apps on Large Screens




Front and Rear Cameras
Magnetic Sleeves that wake the iPad 2 when open
Its thinner than the iPhone 4. 
Its Thinner than the old iPad


Rear view. The iPad 2 comes in a white variant.



Video





Sources: Apple.com, Macworld

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