Apple reveals the iPad 2

iPad 2. Credit: Engadget

iPad 2. Credit: Engadget

Today at the Yerba Buena center in San Francisco, Apple unveiled their 2nd generation tablet computer, the iPad 2.

Steve Jobs was present to demonstrate the new model, which features a much faster Apple A5 processor and a new, dramatically faster graphics coprocessor, up to “9x faster” according to Jobs.

Despite the faster processor and improved graphics performance, Apple says the battery life of the new model is the same as the old model, 10 hours.

While many hoped for a “Retina display” this time around, it was not to be. The iPad 2 has a 1024×768 IPS display, which is similar if not identical to the one in the old model.

The new iPad 2 also has dual cameras similar to the iPhone 4: one on the front face for video calling, and one on the back for taking pictures.

Apple also included a gyroscope in the new model similar to the iPhone 4, which games and other applications can use for greater positional and movement accuracy.

Right after the iPad 2 was unveiled on stage, Steve announced a new accessory for the device, an HDMI output cable. Rather than being a special video output that applications can use, the new cable allows the entire screen of the iPad, regardless of the application, to be mirrored on a big screen TV.

33% thinner. Credit: Engadget

33% thinner. Credit: Engadget

The device itself is now 33% thinner, at just 8.8mm. For comparison, the old iPad is 13.4mm and the iPhone 4 is 9.3mm. Apple also shaved some weight off the new model, going from 1.5 pounds for the first generation iPad to 1.3 pounds in the new model.

The back of the new iPad is still metallic, however it is much more contoured, and the front face can now be either black or white, with both models shipping “from day one”

Also available is a native Verizon 3G model in addition to the AT&T 3G model. Expect both to be sold in stores by the carriers as well as Apple’s online and retail stores.

Storage 16 GB

32 GB

64 GB
Wi-Fi $499 $599 $699
Wi-Fi + 3G $629 $729 $829

Pricing is exactly the same as the original model, and will be available in the U.S. next friday, March 11th. International availability starts March 25th.

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