Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the device during a scheduled press event Wednesday.
I wasn’t expecting many upgrades to the iPad this time around. Fortunately, Apple folks proved once again that they always have secrets up their sleeve.
A 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 chip aims to make the entire experience flow much faster. Web browsing, watching/editing videos and improved multitasking are but a few of the features that will respond better.
All of this will come without the battery life taking a hit. Apple claims that the device will still provide 10 hours of use and a month of standby.
FaceTime, a video chat feature, is quickly becoming a hit for Apple and now people can use it on the iPad. Front and rear cameras have been added to support the feature. FaceTime was first added in the iPhone 4 last summer. The bigger screen makes more sense for conference calls and online meetings.
The iPad has been popular among many businesses over the past year. FaceTime will make it more attractive to corporations that haven’t embraced the tablet experience.
I’ve personally bought several cases and protectors for my iPad to keep the investment in great shape. Apple is creating its own protective item that looks to best all the current options.
The Smart Cover was created to cover the tablet without adding any bulk to the thin design. Magnets have been built into the protector to make sure it remains in place. The Smart Cover can also transform into a horizontal stand.
Speaking of thin design, the iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor. The device is also thinner than the iPhone 4. Simply amazing.
Apple has kept the same pricing structure this time around. The devices will range from $499 for the WiFi only 16GB model to $820 for the WiFi+3G 64GB device.
A Verizon version will be made available alongside the AT&T model. I’d suggest getting the one that matches your phone if applicable.
You’ll also be able to select from white or black colors. I’m sure all the people wanting white iPhones are jealous.
The iPad 2 will launch one week from today — March 11. You’ll be able to order online at Apple’s online store or by lining up at their retail facilities at 5 p.m.
It’s safe to bet the lines will be fairly long and for good reason.
I’ve had my iPad since June and it gets plenty of use each day. A strong mobile device is pretty integral to someone who is on the go often. The iPad 2 will become an even more useful tool for my everyday activities.
The addition of an iMovie application opens up new ways to provide the public with news coverage. I’m hoping to be able to film short segments that go with breaking news and then edit them on the spot.
The whole experience makes me remember a year ago when Jobs announced the original iPad. The Internet exploded with harsh criticism and claims that the device would be worthless.
The only thing worthless at this point is other tablets.