Apple today introduced the next generation Apple iPad 2 Tablet, featuring an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.
The new iPad 2 is Apple’s magical device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading ebooks and much more.
Featuring an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, the new iPad 2 maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.
To compete head-on with Motorola’s recently launched Xoom Tablet, the new Apple iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core 1GHz A5 processor for blazing fast performance and now includes two digital cameras – a front-facing VGA resolution camera (with video recording in 30fps) for FaceTime video calling and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera that is capable of 720p HD video recording in 30fps also offering 5x digital zoom.
The iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls using front-facing and rear-facing camera to millions of iPhone 4, iPod touch and Mac users anywhere where there is WiFi network. The Photo Booth application lets users apply fun visual effects, including eight photo special effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope, to photos captured by either camera.
The new Apple iPad 2 delivers up to 10 hours of battery life and would initially be available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the innovative iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of vibrant polyurethane and rich leather colors.
iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version Apple’s mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari mobile browsing performance; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.
In addition, Apple iPad 2 also features a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 WiFi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring in full 1080p HD that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.
The new Apple iPad 2 is capable of running almost all of the over 350,000 apps available on the App Store and there are more than 65,000 native iPad apps available from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.
Price & Availability
The new Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on March 11 2011 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model.
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model.
iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25, 2011 and in many more countries around the world in the coming months.