Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs announced the highly anticipated iPad 2 at the Apple Conference today. Thanks to Gizmodo’s live blog we have all the details. The iPad 2 will be available to Verizon and AT&T customers in the U.S. starting at $499 on March 11 – one week from Friday.
- Size: The iPad 2 is 33% thinner – 8.8mm thick, which makes it even thinner than the iPhone 4. It is encased in an aluminum material making it 15% light at 1.3 pounds.
- Dual-core A5 chip: The new processor will make the iPad twice as fast with 9x faster graphics – however will use the same low power as the A4.
- Battery Life: It has the same 10 hour battery life as the original with a month of standby.
- Dual-facing camera: Making it perfect for face-time and video conferencing.
- Gyroscope: Opening it up to the many gaming options.
- HDMI Adapter: There is now a HDMI accessory cable for video out that supports 1080p, needs no setup, works with all apps and will also charge your iPad. ($39)
- Smart Covers: The iPad will come with thin translucent polyurethane cover that folds back with magnets into a typing stand or a kickstand for watching videos. When you open it, it wakes up the iPad. When you close it, it puts the iPad to sleep. It will be available in five bright colors.
- iTunes Home Sharing: Thanks to many AirPlay enhancements you can stream iTunes from your computer to your iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch. You can also instantly stream Apple TV wirelessly to your iPad and share photos with slideshow transitions with different apps.
- Tethering: iPhone 4 owners will be able to share their 3G internet connections over Wi-Fi to other devices — including laptops.
- Photo Booth: A separate Photo Booth app for recording pictures and videos.
- FaceTime: Now you can FaceTime between an iPad and another iPad, Mac, iPhone or iPod touch.
- iMovie: A precision video-editor application with multi-track audio recording, new themes, AirPlay to Apple TV and the ability to share your videos in HD. It’s also a universal app so it will run on your iPhone as well. ($4.99 available on March 11)
- GarageBand: A precision audio app that is also compatible with your Mac. It comes with nearly every instrument and audio adjustment feature you can think of. It will allow for a wide variety of audio projects like podcasts and music mixing. ($4.99 available on March 11)
Jobs said Apple had sold more than 15 million iPads in in 2010 – more than any tablet PC ever sold. In just nine months Apple generated more than $9.5 billion in revenue and currently dominates the tablet market with more than 90% market share. The iPad 2 will also enter the market with 65,000+ available apps.
What do you think of Apples announcement? Are you satisfied or disappointed with the iPad 2?