The new device called the iPad 2 was launched on Tuesday. The design hasn't just been tweaked, Jobs says. It's all new from the bottom up.
There is a new processor, Apple's custom A5 dual-core system-on-a-chip two times faster than the original iPad. Its graphics will be up to nine times faster than that of the iPad 1.
The iPad 2 is thinner - 33 per cent thinner,thinner than the iPhone 4. It's 8.8 mm, as opposed to 13.4 mm for the original iPad. And it's slightly lighter at 1.3 lbs.
It will also come in white, from day one, and the 3G version will be available on Verizon and AT&T from day one. And when is day one? March 11 in the US, March 25 in other countries.
Front and rear cameras will be built in. Photo Booth, the Mac app that lets you take pictures is also included.
The new iPad is now HDMI compatible, whereby you can plug it into your TV or a large screen. That, says Jobs, will work with "every app." It costs an extra US$39 for the HDMI cable converter.
The battery life is still in the 10-hour range. And the price is the same: US$499 for the basic 16GB Wi-fi version, heading up to US$829 for the 3G model with 64GB.
Apple has also made a couple of new iPad 2 cases. They have magnets on them that attach automatically to the screen. The iPad 2 will automatically wake when the case is opened, and the case folds back to put you in prime typing position.
An interesting chart on comparative tablets, which now includes Apple iPad 2, can be viewed by clicking on this link.
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