Finally, the moment we have all been waiting for. Apple launched the much anticipated iPad 2 in a private event today.
The iPad 2 is said to be faster than the first iPad with Apple using a custom-designed 1GHz dual-core A5 chip, which uses the same amount of power as the A4 chip but is twice as fast. The iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick while the first iPad was 13.4mm which makes it 33% thinner. And as predicted, there is a front and back facing camera which is capable of video recording at 720p at 30 frames per second and the front camera is VGA camera which is made for video conferencing. iPad 2 users will also be capable of connecting their iPads with their HDTVs with a HDMI adapter at $39.
The iPad 2 uses the iOS 4.3 operating system. There is also an improve version of AirPlay – which allows you to share songs and slideshows between the iPad and other devices. iTunes sharing is built in and FaceTime is now available for the iPad. iMovie and Garage Band which had some updates on it are also available for the iPad2 at $5.
Apple has also created “Smart Covers” for the iPad2 – which acts like a casing and protects the screen of the iPad 2 from damage.
This is the introduction video of the iPad 2 by Apple.
The iPad 2 will be available (in both white and black) starting March 11 in the U.S. and March 25 in 26 more countries. It’ll be offered in 16GB, 32GB of 64GB models, either with Wi-Fi or both Wi-Fi and 3G, all for the same prices as the first iPad.
Tell us what you think about the iPad 2, will you be spending your cash on it?
[images from Apple]