Meet iPad 2!

iPad 2 with smartcovers

As expected the iPad 2 made its debut today and Steve Jobs made an appearance at its unveiling! Not unexpectectedly, it comes with two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. It also comes with Apple’s dual-core A5 chip and a battery life of 10 hours. All this in a thinner, lighter design. It evens comes in white!

It’s also 33 per cent thinner and thus up to 15 per cent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands, something which should increase its appeal. The dual-core A5 chip should mean faster multi-tasking and improved performance in other areas too. Apple claim its graphic performance is improved by a staggering 9 times!

At the same time as announcing the iPad 2 itself, Apple unveiled the Smart Cover. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad wakes up instantly. Close it and your iPad goes to sleep automatically. It also comes in 10 bright colours — including five in rich, aniline-dyed Italian leather.

The new iPad is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB versions and is priced the same as the original iPad. It will ship on March 11 in the US and March 25 in other countries, including the UK, according to Jobs. As a result the original iPad will be reduced in price.

Here are the specifications:

  1. Two models – Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
  2. Height: 241.2 mm (9.50 inches), Width: 185.7 mm (7.31 inches), Depth: 8.8 mm (0.34 inches), Weight: 601 g (1.33 pounds)
  3. Storage – 16GB/32GB/64GB
  4. Wi-Fi Model – Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and luetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  5. Wi-Fi & 3G Model – as above plus UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  6. Display – 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology & 1024 x 768 pixel resolution at 132 ppi
  7. CPU – A5 1GHz dual-core Apple custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
  8. Cameras – Two cameras; Front-facing camera has Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera; Rear-facing camera has Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
  9. Input/output – 30-pin dock connector, 3.5mm stereo connector, built-in speaker, microphone and on 3G model, Micro-SIM card tray
  10. Other features include video mirroring and video out support to 1080p with new Apple Digital AV Adapter, Digital Compass and in 3G model, AGPS

Availability – TBC