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Apple iPad 2 breaks cover: dual-core 1GHz A5 chip inside, 33 percent thinner than iPad

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Apple iPad 2 breaks cover: dual-core 1GHz A5 chip inside, 33 percent thinner than iPad
Ladies and gents, one of the most anticipated devices of the year, the iPad 2, was finally unveiled by Apple's very own Steve Jobs who appeared on stage winning thunderous applause. We're glad to see one of the most influential CEOs in good health, but we're also happy to see Apple bring out the next iPad 2 with a mighty dual-core A5 chipset clocked at 1GHz and with a 33% thinner body. The second-gen iPad's body measures at the razing sharp 0.34 inches (8.8mm) of depth, significantly less than the original iPad's 13.4mm. Yes, folks, it's even thinner than the iPhone 4 and it will weigh 1.3 pounds now. We know what you are all wondering now - the release date! No need to worry - March 11th is the official release date for the U.S. market, while another 26 countries will get it on March 25th. But before we jump into more details, don't forget that you can check out our brief comparison of the specs of Apple's original iPad and the new iPad 2.

The iPad 2 will come in black or white

The iPad 2 will come in black or white

Did we mention it will come in white as well as black from day one? Steve Jobs made sure to underline that the second-gen iPad will be the first dual-core tablet to ship "in volume" - so much for the rumors about component shortages, right? Performance-wise the A5 chip will bring double the processing speed of the original iPad and up to 9 times the graphical power. All of this won't compromise battery performance according to Jobs as the chip has the same low power consumption as the one on the A4 used on the iPad. And yes, that means the same good 10 hours of battery life you enjoyed on the first-gen tablet. The 9.7-inch screen size and the 1024 x 768 resolution remain unchanged, but this time the tablet is even better equipped for hardcore gaming with a built-in gyroscope.

The slate will come with both front (VGA) and rear-facing cameras for video chat and the photo enthusiasts out there. At such a light weight you might rethink the weirdness of carrying a huge tablet to shoot pictures - after all the camera on the back is capable of 720p HD recording. You can also easily transfer photos and videos of up 1080p full HD resolution with the new HDMI mirrored video output, which works with all apps. In addition, the iPad 2 will charge even while you watch movies via HDMI. Unfortunately, the cable would cost you $39 and you'll need an optional adapter, but hey - nothing surprising from Apple here, right?

Steve Jobs says he didn't like the original iPad's cases which only made the tablet bulkier. How about a new Smart Cover, which was tailor-made to fit alongside the product and doubles as a stand. Just bend and fold the thin cover to turn the tablet into a stand and don't worry about cleaning your iPad 2 - the micro-fiber lining does that when you open it. It also comes in a polyurethane ($39) and leather ($69) versions with 5 colors for each one of them. It also wakes the tablet on opening and puts it to sleep when it's inside.

HDMI-out support
iPad 2 covers

HDMI-out support

iPad 2 covers

What's a tablet without the apps? Cupertino has a lot of them, but some of the most notable additions include FaceTime for video chats, the self-explanatory Photo Booth and the useful Find My iPad app. All of this will run on iOS 4.3, but to learn about the highlights of the updated iOS take a look here.

Finally, the iPad still has an extremely competitive price when compared to the competition and the second one won't be an exception - the Wi-Fi version comes at the same price tag of $499 for 16GB of storage. Add to that the fact that U.S. biggest carriers AT&T and Verizon will offer it from day one and you have a sweet deal. Sprint and T-Mobile? Sorry folks, it seems they are not getting the iPad 2 initially. Take a look at the prices per model and memory capacity below:

Should we say Apple stock jumped right after the announcement? The new iPad seems to fulfil many dreams, let us know your thoughts about it!

source: Apple

Countries that will soon see the iPad 2
Apple iPad 2 prices

Countries that will soon see the iPad 2

Apple iPad 2 prices

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posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:33 5

1. HTCFreak (Posts: 156; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)

oh yeaaah!! this is greeaaat!! :)

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:38 10

2. gajdhkajsmzhwmbdjlajs (unregistered)

still no flash player? wtf its the 21st century most websites out there require flash player to fully enjoy them .... -_- dont get me wrong i luv apple products as i have an iphone 4 but cmon apple get with the program most android tablets out there already have flash player

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 14:49 4

31. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

If flash is that important for you, then get an android device. The ipad and the iphone will never support flash. But obviously, a lot of users just get along fine without flash.

posted on 05 Mar 2011, 09:55 1

81. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

True, flash is entirely useless as only half of the internet uses it. Enjoy seeing "flash plug-in required" on your giant ipod touch for the vision impaired.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 19:32 1

84. informed (unregistered)

Flash kills battery life and is an unnecessary security risk. Flash videos don't even play properly on mobile device unless they've been optimized for mobile, which defeats the point of using Flash in the first place.

Flash had its time, but it's over

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:38 5

3. thunderboltevo (unregistered)

And Verizon Wireless can't even give you a clue as to when the Thunderbolt by HTC is being released. Gotta love Apple for their innovation and their pursuit of being number one. This product has been hush, hush, although rumored, but a release next week. Verizon Wireless needs to mirror this marketing effort by Apple.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:23 4

33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

No wonder people have such a hate on for Steve Jobs. He built a company that can produce things that people want and others can only envy. Bill Gates probably summed it up best when he described how he felt when he saw the released 1st gen iPhone (I am paraphrasing) - why couldn't we develop something like that....

To all of the Apple/Steve haters out there - give up the hate.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:01 2

51. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

He did it by doing everything in the least ethical ways possible. That might have something to do with it.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 02:15

61. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Since when has business ever been about ethics? It's unethical, for example, to sell a device to someone with a two year contract when you very well know that there's a better model coming up in 1-2 months. Thats wrong and every company does that! Apple is not the only unethical company. It's just much easier to pick on them because they're always in the spotlight.

posted on 04 Mar 2011, 11:32

76. g-REG (unregistered)

Unethical to knock $300+ off of the devices cost for a two year contract on devices... Yeah, casue plenty of people would shell out $500+ every other month for that brand new device when the model they have still fits their needs. Your argument is ignorant. Simple

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:43 2

56. VZWEMPLOYEE (Posts: 34; Member since: 13 Jun 2009)

hello dick the reason the thunderbolt got pushed back is due to battery and skype issues. No way our we bringing our first 4g LTE phone out with bugs, get over yourself and get off apple dick

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 19:39

87. informed (unregistered)

Get off Verizon's dick. The Thunderbolt is just Evo with LTE, there's nothing special about it, except for its awful battery life and minimal upgrades to a phone that came out last year.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 19:34

85. informed (unregistered)

The Thunderbolt is just an EVO with LTE anyway. They didn't even bother upgrading the screen, there's just a few unnoticeable enhancements here and there, nothing special besides the LTE. Droid Bionic on the other hand is actually pretty decent.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 21:17

92. Thinkaboutit (unregistered)

Can you remind me who makes the thunderbolt?? HTC. Pairing up two companies for a release date is not as easy as one. Your comment as no relevance to anything as this post has nothing to do with Verizon Wireless or the Thunderbult.


posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:42 12

4. 3MTA3 (unregistered)

That jobs guy called it the "Year of the copy cats." More like the year of the COPYCAT - singular. Dual core, two cameras - all are already out the ipda copied it not others copied them. Also to call this the FIRST to ship with dual core? So, it is shipping on March 11th but for the next nine days I can order as many XOOMS as I want - ALL HAVE DUAL CORE BY THE WAY. He needs to just die.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 13:14 5

12. sactomkiii (unregistered)

not to mention the dell streak 7 (which has the same targa 2 as the xoom) thats been out for what, a Month?

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 13:55 2

23. sactomkiii (unregistered)

sorry its tegra not targa apparently lol

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:26 4

35. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

What? Are you calling the ipad the copycat? Are you that dumb? And when did all these tablets come out again? Yes, right after the first ipad. Dual core processors and the camera are expected upgrades on the ipad. That's the only way it's heading. Why do you want him to die? Oh yeah, because you are so mad that the ipad will outsell your xoom, hahahaha

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 17:57 2

46. chorr1001 (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Pretty sure that ipad came out after tablet PC's. So yeah, I'd say copycats.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 18:48 3

48. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

What tablet pc? Are you that much of in denial that you would rather be silly than admit that Apple started the touchscreen tablet trend? Which tablet pc is being used to compare every time a new tablet comes out? As far as I know, every new tablet out there is being compared to the ipad.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:04 3

52. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

Oh, they started the trend, by copying other peoples ideas. As usual. Nothing original from apple ever.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 19:37

86. informed (unregistered)

Maybe the imaginary tablet makers you think Apple was copying should have just released a product worth a damn.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 19:09 4

53. chorr1001 (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

Tablet PC concept came around in 2001. Launched by HP at a consumer level in or around 2005. iPad launched when, oh yeah. 2010. Just sayin.

posted on 03 Mar 2011, 02:25 1

62. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

And what happened to it? NOTHING. You do not copy a failed device. You may get inspiration from it, or come up with a better idea, but that is not copying like what xoom, hp touchpad, playbook, and the rest are doing.

posted on 07 Mar 2011, 15:07

82. staticprotocol13 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)

530gemini, give it up, you already made a mistake from you very first comment. Apple is not the very first company to create a tablet. iPad may be good, but it is only great to people like you who are blindsided. Steve is great is marketing but to me iPad is not worth the hype.

posted on 08 Mar 2011, 19:46

88. informed (unregistered)

If you actually paid attention, you would see that Android tablets didn't start popping up until after the iPad, just like Android phones didn't start popping up until after the iPhone.

But of course, facts are meaningless to cynical e-haters.

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:43 14

5. taniaa (unregistered)

i agree with the person above me were is the flash player?? i have an ipad and iphone 4 and i hate that most websites out there says please intsall flash player ughhh it gets on my nerves that i cant watch a web page how its supposed to be i kno some people might get mad at me but i mean its true and u kno it ..

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:43 5

6. mnlkdlakknkazgbfj (unregistered)

Niceee!! Apple now whats the pricing.. i want one!!

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 12:44 11

7. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)

....Another Giant ipod touch

posted on 02 Mar 2011, 15:27 3

36. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

And you're another giant moron :)

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