Apple iPad 2

Let the speculation cease. The specs for the iPad 2 are official. Apple’s latest creation features a new A5 dual-core chip, that clocks in at 2x faster than the original and features better graphics performance to the tune of 9x. A front and rear video camera are now included too, with the latter being capable of recording 720p video at 30fps — implying HD video calling from your lap may become the terrible new norm. Almost as important as what they’ve added though is what they’ve taken away. Specifically, the new design is 33% thinner than its predecessor and measures 8.8mm. That’s skinnier than the iPhone 4 folks (which measures 9.4mm). They’ve also shaved .2 pounds off of the weight. Oh, and it now comes in two colors of white and black, with white apparently shipping day one. Speaking of shipping, the iPad 2 goes on sale both in stores and online on March 11th, and 3G versions for both AT&T and Verizon will be offered. Battery life is still the same glorious 10 hours and prices haven’t budged either. For more details on the new iOS 4.3 that’s shipping with it and a gallery of photos, keep reading on the next page.


In terms of software, iOS 4.3 will launch with the iPad 2. Noteworthy improvements in this release include better web browsing performance, and home sharing — which will finally allow your iPad to stream content directly from your computer, just like the AppleTV. There’s also a new HDMI adapter cord to enable 1080p output from the iPad and so-called video mirroring, meaning what you do on screen will appear on the TV.
Those familiar Photo Booth, iMovie and Garage Band icons on your desktop dock may become familiar faces on the iPad as well, since iOS versions of each are now available. Garage band and iMovie will cost extra however.

Source: GearPatrol.



~ by littlefluffyduck on March 3, 2011.

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