The wait is over for the iPad 2, as Steve jobs took the stage today and showed off the newest incarnation of Apples tablet today. Whats new you might ask? iPad 2 features a new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while keeping the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. The biggest feature that will be included is Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor, which we will get more details on later. Also front-facing VGA camera and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video. Apple will also ship iPad 2 in black or white, right from the start. So right off the bat not to many new groundbreaking features, but definitely an improvement.
As far as other New additions in software and etc, Engadget says:
There’s a new cover for the device, which is best defined by Steve Jobs himself: “We designed the case right along side the product. It’s not a case — it’s a cover.” Basically, it’s a magnetic flap that protects the front and automatically wakes and puts the device to sleep according to whether it’s open or closed. Guess we know what that proximity sensor was about now. These Smart Covers will cost $39 in plastic or $69 if you opt for leather.
In terms of new software, Apple’s launching iOS 4.3 alongside the new iPad and bringing with it much improved Safari performance as well as FaceTime, Photo Booth, iMovie and GarageBand (the latter two costing $4.99 a piece) apps specifically for the newly camera-enriched iPad. Personal Hotspot capabilities are also arriving in the latest version of the OS, but they’ll be exclusive to the iPhone 4, so you won’t be able to share your 3G iPad’s connection.
Check out the Video and let us know what you think.
About the Author (Author Profile)
Co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of GizmoNinja.com.
During the day I work in graphic design and also do photography. By night I try to play with programming and code of all different types. I love the opportunity to write for the site and hope to see it grow as time goes on.