The iPad 2, Apple's latest product in its line of tablet computing devices, was revealed on March 2nd, 2011.Â Â At a keynote presentation San Fransisco, Steve Jobs spoke about the newest features of his company's latest gadget.
While the same basic models, WiFi and 3G in 16, 32, and 64 gigs, are offered, this new generation device has several improvements over the previous iPad.Â The following are the most notable improvements:
Like it's cousin the iPhone 4, the iPad 2 has two cameras.Â One camera is front facing and the other one is located on the back of the device.Â This will allow users to use it as a camera or for video chatting using the popular FaceTime applicaiton.
Apple's new tablet is 33% slimmer than it's predecessor and weighs less as well.Â This was accomplished without sacrificing battery life, the deviceÂ still claims 10 hours of coninuous use.Â Â Instead they concentrated on using newer and smaller components to maximize space.Â The screen size is the same at 9.7 inches.
The device is available with both the standard black bezel along with a white version.Â This will be available from day one.Â The iPhone was long rumored to eventually be available in white, but the iPad beat has it to the punch.
There are improvements under the hood as well.Â The iPad2 will feature a 1 Ghz dual core A5 processor which is about 2x faster than the previous version.Â This helps bring the iPad up to speed with it's latest batch of Android competitors.Â What's more impressive is that the graphics processor is 9x the speed of before!Â That means a lot more feature-rich games might be coming soon.
Available on multiple carriers
The newest iPad will be available on both AT&T and Verizon (3G version only) rightÂ out ofÂ the gate, which means more choices for the consumer.Â Previously, the gadget was only available on AT&T's network, which has a reputation for spotty connectivity in certain regions.
ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿The iPad 2 will be available on March 11th.Â It will be available at the same price as the iPad, with WiFi models at $499 for 16 GB, $599 for 32 GB, and $699 for 64GB.Â The 3G versions will be $629, $729, and $829 respectively.