Apple designed new iPad 2! It will be available in stores March 11 and just in UK release date is 25 March. Apple’s pricing remains the same, starting at $499. For now, Apple still defines the tablet market, with a product consumers will desire at a price that’s hard to beat.
There are some features that are common to some previous iPad models. The new iPad has the expected front-facing VGA camera (as well as one on the back) and like the iPhone 4’s rear snapper, it takes 720p video. The iPad 2’s battery life is apparently not limited by the new design – it has the same 10 hour battery life as before, with a month of standby time. It has a 9.7-inch display which is exactly the same. So the large-scale retina display wasn’t ready as we suspected. iPad 3 should sort that one out.
But there is a lot of really new and good features of iPad 2. The main physical thing is that the new iPad is thinner – 33 per cent thinner, clocking it at 8.8mm. Incredibly, that’s thinner than the iPhone 4 which clocks in at 9.3mm. It’s also 15 per cent lighter, which is welcome. The new processor is called the Apple A5 and is based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 design. And it’s probably clocked at 1GHz again.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that the graphics capability would be 9x that of the current iPad. That promises serious gaming awesomeness (and it helps that the device now also has the gyroscope from the iPhone 4 and latest-gen iPod touch). The graphics will still be some version of Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX graphics technology. New iPad 2 has iOS 4.3. The latest version of iOS ships with the iPad and will be available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch on 11 March. There’s faster Safari browsing performance; iTunes Home Sharing and thankfully an enhancement to AirPlay. Let’s hope it works now.
The iPad 2 has HDMI out. It will set you back around $40 for the cable, but you can connect your iPad up to the TV and charge it while doing so. What’s more you can have HDMI Video Mirroring that lets you mirror your iPad screen on an HDTV. Cool for presentations and the like – or just playing movie content. The iPad 2 also features HSUPA support. That means faster browsing and downloads over 3G. Like mobile broadband. It’s only available on the iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, naturally. Expect this to come to the iPhone in the next update too.
Conclusion is that new apple iPad 2 is visually stunning, but it`s an iteration in terms of its core specs.