Apple Announces iPad2

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Apple unveiled its second-gen iPad in San Francisco today, amid a flurry of software apps that make it such a transformative device.

Apple’s new iPad2 is 33% thinner, weighs 1.3 lbs vrs 1.5 lbs, has front and rear cameras, a new A5 processor, said to be much faster for graphics, provides output up to 1080p with HDMI output and comes in white and black. It retains the $499 price. It will be available March 11th in the United States.

Live coverage from Engadget, Gizmodo, C/Net, PC World and Mac World.

The iPad2 (tech specs) features more powerful hardware, showcased by the A5 processor, similar to Samsung’s Exynos ARM A9 Dual-core. It enables dual cameras, faster games, and more powerful apps.

Apps were the big story for iPad2; Photo Booth (still photo software), FaceTime (video chat), iMovie for iPad (a video editor), and GarageBand for iPad (music composition software) will all be available on March 11th:

  • FaceTime (built-in). Video chat between two iPads, between an iPad and an iPhone, or between an iPad and a Mac.
  • Photobooth (built-in) takes snapshots and applies effects – from funny to artsy to really bizarre.
  • iMovie for iPad ($4.99) edits the HD video you shoot on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. It uses a Ken Burns-style panning effect that uses face detection to keep faces in the frame. Provides soundtracks, sound effects, and direct audio recording. Direct sharing with YouTube, Facebook, etc., and a few new transitions.
  • GarageBand for iPad ($4.99). Play a collection of musical instruments designed for Multi-Touch that sound and play just like their real counterparts. Arrange and mix your songs anywhere inspiration strikes using a powerful eight-track recording studio that can handle any combination of audio recordings, Touch Instruments, and loops.
  • iBooks (free). With a tap, it flips around to reveal the iBookstore, where you’ll find over 150,000 books and counting — many of them free.
  • Keynote ($9.99). It’s the most powerful presentation app ever designed for a mobile device, using the same approach from iWork, completely reworked for iPad and Multi-Touch.
  • Pages ($9.99). Using just your fingers, you’re a writer one minute and a designer the next. Create newsletters, reports, brochures, and flyers.

In addition, Apple released iOS 4.3, which also enables an iPhone 4 to be a personal hotspot.

“So iPad 2 — amazing product. Faster, lighter, thinner. Cameras and gyro. iOS 4.3 and FaceTime. iMovie and GarageBand. 3G on AT&T and Verizon. Same battery life. Same prices. Black and white. Smart Covers.”

Engadget created this tablet comparison chart (above). Here are the iPad2 specs.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 9:33 am .

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