Yesterday the iPad 2 was introduced to the world by Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO . Me being the gadget freak I am, well, I will definitely be saving my pennies up to get one of these bad boys.
On March 11th it will be shipped out to stores, which will be beating out the shipping dates of RIM's first PlayBook, HP's first TouchPad, and of course WAY before any Windows tablets ship.
Since the first generation iPad hit the market in 2010, Apple has sold nearly 15 million which contributed $9.6 billion in revenue. That surpassed iPods and iMacs in net revenue. Not too shabby for a device that Apple started selling in April.
First off, the next generation iPad is smaller and a bit lighter in weight than the first. Personally I think it's great because when it comes to gadgets the smaller the better. It's 33% thinner than the original and the A5 chip will make the iPad 2 twice as fast. What the hell is an A5 chip you ask? Well I was asking that question to myself when I was reading about its new features.
Well here's your textbook definition boys and girls: An A5 chip is the most energy efficient, lowest cost processor capable of delivering the internet to the widest possible range of devices.
The iPad 2 will feature the front and back cameras like the iPhone 4, and will be capable of FaceTime video chatting as well. I'm not big on the chatting face to face unless it's business, but a friend of mine who has an iPhone 4 is all about it. The new iPad will be offered at the same price as the original iPad. It will start at $499 for Wi-Fi-only and $629 for 3G. The iPad 2 will be available on either the AT&T or the Verizon network, and No.2 will be the first device to run iOS 4.3, the latest update to Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch operating system.
IOS 4.3 features faster browser performance plus iTunes sharing over Wi-Fi, and allows the iPad to become a mobile hotspot for an iPhone 4. This new system supports iTunes home sharing, according to Macworld. You will be able to stream music, movies, and other media to your iOS device. What I think is even cooler is that Apple has unveiled that the original iPad, the iPhone and the latest two versions of the iPod Touch will also get updates to iOS 4.3 on March 11.
Sorry Verizon heads: the Verizon iPhone 4 will not be getting this system update
. Apple did not give a timeline for when the Verizon iPhone would get its update--if at all.
Other features included on board the iPad 2 are a 10-hour battery life (the same as the original), a $39 optional port add-on for HDMI video, and an optional $39 magnetic case that automatically puts the iPad 2 to sleep when it is covered. I remember when there was a time where magnets actually damaged computers. Boy has technology changed! It will also be offered in black or white. Will you be going out and purchasing the new iPad? What are your thoughts on Apple's new gadget?