It seemed like it was only yesterday when the world watched in awe as Apple unveiled its first tablet: the iPad. It featured a huge screen, it offered the same advanced touchscreen technology that Apple was known for, and it looked like a gigantic version of the iPod Touch. What's not to like about it? Pre-orders for the iPad were overwhelming and it was sold out in mere weeks when it was finally released to the waiting world.
Now let's get back to the present, where the situation is virtually the same although the product is slightly different–and, as Apple claims, a whole lot better.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance during Apple's event to announce the official launch of the iPad 2. Jobs recently filed for a leave last January 17 which made his presence on the stage all the more significant.
The iPad 2 will feature an all-new design compared to its predecessor. Jobs announced that the iPad 2 will featuer a sleeker design, being 33% thinner and 0.2 pounds lighter than the original iPad. It will be equipped with an updated A5 microprocessor that will allow the device to work twice as fast as its predecessor. This translates to better surfing, better viewing, better gaming, and a better overall user experience on the iPad 2.
The new Apple device will also feature front and rear cameras that will allow FaceTime video chatting, which is a feature that was debuted with the release of the iPhone 4 last June. You can also indulge in a little bit of vanity with the built-in Photo Booth where you have the option of adding in some artsy effects to your snapshots.
The iPad 2 runs on iOS 4.3 which offers better browser performance and allows the device to become a mobile hotspot for the iPhone 4 with the iTunes sharing feature. It has a 10-hour battery life which is the same as the iPad and can easily be connected to television and projector screens with an HDMI accessory to project the current display on the tablet to these external screens.
A great add-on to the device is the all-new Smart Cover which attaches magnetically to the iPad 2. The cover offers sturdy protection and is actually foldable so you can use it as a stand, fold it so it will support your iPad in a tilted position, or flip back and out of the way so you can use the camera. It also comes in ten vibrant colors for you to choose from.
The iPad 2 will be shipping out on March 11, 2011 in the US and March
25, 2011 in 26 other countries all over the world. Mark the date!