Apple has finally launched the long-anticipated new iPad aka iPad 2 today. Apple says, the new model is not just a tweaked or marginally improved piece of hardware, but a completely new design.
Firstly, iPad 2 has got a new processor, Apple’s custom designed 1GHz dual-core A5 system-on-a-chip which they calls a ‘dramatically faster’ processor. According to Apple it is twice as fast as its predecessor, the A4 and its graphics processing is “up to nine times faster.” The A5 chip that uses the same amount of as A4.
Secondly, iPad 2 is thinner — 33% thinner. Thinner than the iPhone 4. It’s 8.8 mm, as opposed to 13.4 mm for the original iPad. And it’s slightly lighter at 1.3 lbs.
Also, the iPad is now HDMI compatible, which means you can plug it into your TV or a large screen. It’ll cost you an extra $39 for the HDMI cable converter.
It will also come in white, from day one, and the 3G version will be available on Verizon and AT&T from day one. It will be available in US from March 11 and from March 25 in other countries.
The battery life is still in the 10-hour range. And the price is the same: $499 for the basic 16GB Wi-fi version, heading up to $829 for the 3G model with 64GB.
The iPad 2 comes in six versions depending on the storage and WiFi -
- iPad 2 16GB WiFi version – $499
- iPad 2 32GB WiFi version – $599
- iPad 2 64GB WiFi version – $699
- iPad 2 16GB WiFi +3G version – $629
- iPad 2 32GB WiFi +3G version – $729
- iPad 2 64GB WiFi +3G version – $829
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