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  • Steve Jobs Returns to Introduce Apple iPad 2


    A little more than one year ago, Apple unveiled the long awaited and once mythical tablet that promised to change mobile computing as we knew it. Since then, 15 million iPads have been sold. And on Wednesday morning at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California, Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned from medical leave (at least for today) to introduce his company's second generation iPad. "We've been working on this product for a while, and I didn't want to miss today," Jobs said.

    Not before taking a slight but effective jab at competing tablets (especially Samsung and Android products ) or critics who initially contended that the iPad was "too expensive," Steve Jobs walked us through the evolution of post-PC products leading up to the iPad. "Many have said this is the most successful consumer product ever launched," Jobs boasted, "Over 90% market share. Our competitors were flummoxed." After rolling footage of what amounted to the iPad's 2010 highlight reel, Steve Jobs got down to business and gave the world what it wanted to see - a look at the new iPad.

    Largely meeting expectations, the iPad 2 will sport several key refreshed features, not the least of which is a front-facing camera for FaceTime chats (which were demonstrated on stage) and a rear camera for video. Underscoring the new features is a new sleeker, slimmer design. "It is an all new design," Jobs said, although on first glance it looks remarkably similar to that which we've come to know from the first iPad. "And it's dramatically faster," referencing the new A5 chip, dual processor which will certainly make the tablet faster - upwards of 2x faster on CPU performance and a whopping 9x faster on graphics. "This will be the 1st dual core tablet to ship in volume."



    "Having built in all this stuff, one of the striking things about the iPad 2 is that's dramatically thinner. 33% thinner," Jobs added. It's also lighter - down to 1.3 pounds from 1.5 pounds. Other notable bells and whistles include a built-in gyroscope, same as in the iPhone and iPod touch. There's even HDMI mirrored video output at 1080p Full HD. The cable, however, will cost you $39. What's more, in addition to being available in both black and white (white will be available on the first day of availability, BTW), Apple will also make available models that work with both AT&T and Verizon."

    Through it all, Jobs says, the iPad 2 will deliver the same 10-hour battery life (a month of standby.) And best of all, the iPad 2 will be available for as low as $499, the same price at which the first gen iPad was introduced. There will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, all with 3G options. 3G will be $130 additional on each model. The prices will remain exactly the same across the whole line.

    The iPad 2 will begin shipping March 11th to the US. With regard to international launch, we're looking at March 25 for the iPad2's arrival in 26 additional countries. Among them: Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and Spain.

    Source: Apple

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    http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/l...est&refresh=60
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Steve Jobs Returns to Introduce Apple iPad 2 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 113 Comments
    1. Harryafc's Avatar
      Harryafc -
      Wooo ipad 2
    1. bigdrdok's Avatar
      bigdrdok -
      Yayayyayy
    1. JayWheelz's Avatar
      JayWheelz -
      I want one although it looks like the same product slightly modified.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Sweet...I might just buy one now. The specs look great and the monthly 3g plans thru ATT is also accommodating.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      OMG i cant wait this is EPIC
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      I keep on refreshing because i think you wuold be covering the story live?
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I like the magnetic cover that comes with it. Especially since its removable if you don't want it...

      MMI needs to cover this story live. Posting news and I don't think they have anyone over here... hmmm

      They are showing iMovie app now.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      When can I buy one...I have all of the necessary info...now i want my iPad2 woohoo!!!!

      what did you expect....you bought an apple the first time...you now want an orange? hahaha! BETTER product is what you get :]
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      WOW this thing is thinner than the iPhone 4! Ill bet the i5 will be as thin as the ipod touch.
      http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget....1--img4534.jpg
    1. Goof's Avatar
      Goof -
      I'm buying this!


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    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      I'm in.... white one please!

      For the peeps that want to see this live.... click below

      http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/l...est&refresh=60
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      WOW this thing is thinner than the iPhone 4! Ill bet the i5 will be as thin as the ipod touch.
      http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget....1--img4534.jpg
      I bet it wont! they have much more space to fit stuff in. You try to fit that in a device the same size as an iphone and what do you get????? an iphone4 loooool
    1. DenNgaXL's Avatar
      DenNgaXL -
      Nice!!!
      Come to daddy!!!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Love this part of it before it began!

      9:59AM "Ladies and gentlemen, our presentation will begin shortly. Please switch devices to silent mode."

      10:02AM The lights are going down... we're about to begin!

      10:02AM Whoa! Steve is out!

      10:03AM Standing ovation for Steve Jobs. People are flipping out. He looks good!
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      I bet it wont! they have much more space to fit stuff in. You try to fit that in a device the same size as an iphone and what do you get????? an iphone4 loooool
      Thanks for spoiling the moment! lol...

      They did say that the i5 will be much thinner soooo.... you never know. Heck if someone would have told me in the 90's that there was a device (memstick) that could store more info than my PC HD I would have also said no way as well...
    1. candypaint's Avatar
      candypaint -
      What a way to spend tax return dollars. Lol
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Very nice specs I must say that but seriously apple is it that hard to make this available on Sprint or T-Mobile? I can use it on T-Mobile on but only on EDGE speeds so is it that hard to add AWS 3G support for T-Mobile? LG G-Slate here I come.
    1. SexyIphone3gs's Avatar
      SexyIphone3gs -
      Would I be able to buy one and use it on t-mobile ??
    1. Goof's Avatar
      Goof -
      It's sexy.

      http://www.apple.com/ipad/


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    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by SexyIphone3gs View Post
      Would I be able to buy one and use it on t-mobile ??
      With the first iPad I know you can but you only get EDGE speeds for data.