Here it is, finally. Steve Jobs has unveiled the next iteration of the iPad and I must say, it is quite an upgrade. Apple has not only managed to revamp the design and reduce the thickness of the tablet but packed in some serious hardware for processing and gaming.
The 8.8mm thick iPad 2 features an all new dual-core A5 processor that promises up to 2 times faster processing and 9 times improved graphics with power consumption as low as the A4 CPU, dual cameras – front (VGA) and back (supports 720p HD video recording), FaceTime support, built-in gyroscope, HDMI mirror, the same 10 hour battery life and will work with both AT&T and Verizon.
Apple has kept the iPad 2 pricing same as the original iPad at $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB), $699 (64GB) for the Wi-Fi version and add $130 each for the Wi-Fi + 3G.
The iPad 2 will come in Black and White and will be available in US from March 11 whereas 26 more countries will get the device from March 25.
Apple also rolled out couple of accessories to accompany the iPad. First up is the HDMI-out support via a dock cable. The accessory will go for $39 and support 1080p and all apps. Next accessory is an interesting one because it’s is a protection for the display rather than a compete case. Dubbed as Smart Cover, it works with magnets and clings onto the screen as soon as you place it and with the help micro-fibers, the cover wipes the screen every time you put it. The cover also lights up the iPad display once it is removed. Polyurethane cover will sell for $39 whereas leather one will cost $69.