iPad 2 - Specifications, Price, Release date ?

I have a tendancy to avoid apple not because its an inferior product but quite the opposite.  I've always found Apple has developed dependable solid hardware and software.  Even back when I was working with a 1200 baud-speed modem.  For those of you who aren't geezers...... some time ago :)   The only problem with Apple in my opinion is that it cost too much.  Yes, its excellent option for those who know nothing...but if you want malleability, like unverified apps and the ability to get whatever software you want on your hardware?  As well as save a ton of cash? The answer sounds easy doesn't it.

Now Tablets are very new technology still, as I'm sure your aware the iPad 2 launch is taking place and there is already talk of an iPad 3.  What I've inlcluded below is essentially what is new or different from the previous version.


Firstly, here are specifications of the Hardware included with the iPad 2 that Apple has provided:
  • It's 33% thinner and 15% lighter than the original iPad, but the screen size remains the same.
  • Apple says the battery life will be unchanged - up to 10 hours.
  • It will feature a dual-core A5 processor.
  • The iPad 2 will have two cameras. The front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and a  rear-facing camera that will capture 720p HD video.
  • The new device will come in 2 colors. Oh yes. The mythical white iPad will be available on the first day of sales, says Jobs.
  • The iPad 2 will run on both AT&T and Verizon's 3G networks.
  • It includes a new Smart Cover that offers screen protection and doubles as a stand.
  • A built-in gyro.
  • HDMI video mirroring, which will let you mirror your iPad screen on an HDTV.
A couple other things of interest it includes:

  • iTunes Home Sharing.
  • A personal hotspot to share an iPhone 4's data connection over Wi-Fi (provided it's supported by your carrier, of course)
  • Apple introduced two new apps for iPad too: iMovie and GarageBand. Both will cost $4.99 and will bring the movie and music editing capabilities to the mobile device.
Now Apple refuses to define its proprietary A5 processor on specifications(as usual).  At the launch, Steve Jobs did disclose:
  1. The CPU is a dual-core CPU, capable of delivering up to twice the processing power of the previous generation A4 chipset. The company did print that it’s a 1.0 GHz clock speed on the iPad site. However, it’s focus on technical specs isn’t as important as other features. For example, for the iPad 2, tabs for Features, Buil-in Apps, App Store, and iOS 4 were placed ahead of the trailing Tech Specs tab, which was placed last.
  2. The graphics processor and graphics core are both unknown. Jobs only says that the A5 is capable of delivering 9 times the graphics power of the prior A4 chip.
Such a product is great for current Apple users who pay for iTunes and already on the bandwagon.  If not....While it is my opinion, I'm not so sure its a good idea. The benefits are with competitors like the Xoom with native compatibility with Adobe flash.  iOS on the other hand, has Flash-based games being ported as iOS apps on the App Store.

The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on March 11 in the U.S. for a $499 for the 16 GB model, $599 for the 32 GB model and $699 for the 64 GB model. The 3G will cost more: $629, $729 and $829 respectively. The device will be available on March 25 in Mexico, much of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

I'm thinking of getting a tablet and finally upgrading my belt buckle!

You can check out some Reviews on the competitors here:

  • Motorola Xoom Tablet

  • LG Optimus Tablet

  • Tablet Comparison?Samsung,LG,Xoom