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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.

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    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. psilocybin's Avatar
      psilocybin -
      damn right..ready to order
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Cool, but I just have no use for one when I have my iPhone 4
    1. markito979's Avatar
      markito979 -
      I'm ready to buy one, I can't decide what color
    1. thegoldenhand's Avatar
      thegoldenhand -
      where is the pic of the HDMI slot? also no SD card slot?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by markito979 View Post
      I'm ready to buy one, I can't decide what color
      You a guy or gal?
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      When is it officially coming out? Is it Mar-11 or is that going to be the pre-order date? I threw my iPad on craigslist because I was hoping the website would let me pre-order this today.
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      Heres what you need to know about the iPad 2, Majority of the rumors were false, its an ipad 1 with 2 cameras, a faster dual core chip, its an "all new design" aka its thin and comes in 2 different colors. Thats it guys.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by thegoldenhand View Post
      where is the pic of the HDMI slot? also no SD card slot?
      There will never be an SD Slot. They charge you for storage capacity. They won't let you upgrade it. They only way they would is with a proprietary apple memory card. I'm surprised apple hasn't released that.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      no reservations? thats crazy
    1. markito979's Avatar
      markito979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      You a guy or gal?
      guy
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by markito979 View Post
      guy
      What colors do you like best that they have to offer?
    1. ChrisRC1985's Avatar
      ChrisRC1985 -
      no LTE...FAIL
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      What colors do you like best that they have to offer?
      I think he meant white or black. not the ipad case colors....
    1. markito979's Avatar
      markito979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      What colors do you like best that they have to offer?
      black, but the white looks nice...
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ChrisRC1985 View Post
      no LTE...FAIL
      Hardly gonna be a fail...people will buy it and it will be a success i am sure.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      No preorder = FAIL.
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      boo no preorders
    1. nicksti's Avatar
      nicksti -
      This did not come up in the keynotes nor is it on the website. What is the MP of the rear camera? The front is VGA (.3MP) but what is the rear?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by markito979 View Post
      black, but the white looks nice...
      I am going with the white one..... Almost everything they make has been black... time for a nice change...
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      The lack of a higher resolution display kills it for me. I hate looking at pixels.