So today was the day, the iPad 2 was indeed announced as Apple said it would be. A surprise though, even though Steve Jobs was on medical leave from Apple he still gave the keynote at the event. As Jobs took stage he did receive a standing ovation which I am sure he appreciated.
Some changes you will notice right away in this version is enlargement of the speaker on the back of the iPad and the addition of 2 cameras. The front of the iPad now has a front-facing camera is a “VGA-quality still camera” which supports 30 FPS video recording. With the addition of the front camera, conversations over Skype or other conference software will be a major selling point for the iPad 2. The back camera can record 720p video and also includes a 5x digital zoom.
There is a newly designed case which Steve Jobs calls more a cover than a case. The “cover” attaches to the iPad with magnets and is able to fold into 3 positions to form a stand for the iPad like the previous case. It’s kinda cool how it works and it can even control screen wake and sleep like your laptop. Take a look at the video below to see it in action.
The processor on the iPad 2 is the Apple A5 dual-core chip at 1GHz. The dual-core in the new iPad will make it blazing fast even compared to the first version. The graphics card is said to perform 9 times faster than the first iPad as well. Even with the faster processor and graphics card, the iPad still maintains a 10 hour battery life!
This new version of the iPad is thinner than the previous iPad by 33%. I thought the first iPad was thin but WOW! it definitely is now and its lighter too! There is also a choice between either a White or Black version of the iPad 2. There will be 2 versions on AT&T and Verizon starting March 11th.
Check out more details in the press release below.