Surprise! Just a year after releasing the iPad, Apple has revealed the iPad 2 during their keynote in San Francisco. The slimmer, sexier, shinier device is "33 percent thinner"(8.8 mm compared to the original 13.4 mm) and boasts dual cameras. Along with the facelift, the iPad 2 also packs a dual core CPU.
The new A5 chip allows the iPad 2 to clock up to "9x faster graphics," while still maintaining an impressive 10 hour battery life. The tablet will also support HDMI video output, albiet you will have to purchase a $39 attachment to enjoy that luxury. If that's not enough to whet your gadget appetite, the iPad 2 has a starting price of $499 and will ship March 11 to both AT&T and Verizon customers. Click "Read More" for the full breakdown.
What's in that shiny new iPad 2? Glad you asked, here's what you can expect come March 11:
- New 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 proccesor (same power consumption as the A4)
- Front VGA camera
- Back camera, capable of shooting 720p resolution
- 3-axis gyroscope
- 8.8 mm thick (original iPad measured at 13.3 mm)
- 10 hour battery life
- HDMI video output at 1080p (Apple Digital AV Adapter required, $39)
- 1024 x 768 resolution (unchanged from the original iPad)
- Wi-fi model pricing: $499/16GB, $599/32GB, and $699/64GB.
- 3G enabled pricing: $629/16GB, $729/32GB, and $829/64GB
- Still no support for Flash
What do you think so far? Is this enough to fight off the avalanche of Android tablets?