16th March, 2011
The latest version is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LCD screen.
The iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for a faster performance and two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for the FaceTime video chat service, and a rear-facing camera for taking pictures and 720p HD video.
Available in black or white, the iPad 2 will run on AT&T and Verizon’s 3G networks and also offer Wi-Fi hotspot sharing. Apple also launched the new iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of colours.
The iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari browsing; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; and the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio.
Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for UMTS networks, and HDMI video mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs, currently on medical leave, returned for the press launch of the iPad 2, and confirmed the company has already sold 15 million iPads. The Wi-Fi version of the iPad 2 will sell for a suggested retail price of USD 499 for the 16GB model, USD 599 for 32GB and USD 699 for 65GB. Adding 3G access, the price rises to USD 629 for the 16GB model, USD 729 for 32GB and USD 829 for 64GB. A 3G version compatible with the Verizon CDMA network will be available in the US only for USD 629 for the 16GB model, USD 729 for the 32GB model and USD 829 for the 64GB model.
The device is available through Apple’s retail stores and online shops as well as select authorized resellers. The iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on 25.