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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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    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. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      I will be waiting to upgrade my iPad. I got this last June and it does everything that i need it to do. I hardly ever use my webcam although photobooth would fun to play with on a touchscreen. No Screen resolution bump. I am holding out. Besides i just upgraded my old DLP tv to a 47" LED 3D HDTV. Oh ya!
    1. Wagenloco's Avatar
      Wagenloco -
      Is this new GSM radio going to be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G. The Specs list a 2,100 Mhz frequency.

      # Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
      # Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
      # GSM model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      # CDMA model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Meh, No surprises really. More power, adding camera's, no change in storage.
      Still doesn't entice me to even think about getting one.
    1. myndzeye23's Avatar
      myndzeye23 -
      no USB WTF??
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by myndzeye23 View Post
      no USB WTF??
      Wont ever happen. a USB port is almost thicker than the whole damn device...
    1. markito979's Avatar
      markito979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I am going with the white one..... Almost everything they make has been black... time for a nice change...
      yea, I'll probability buy the white...
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      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!
      Whow you where there thats Awesome.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nautical79 View Post
      Whow you where there thats Awesome.
      There were several websites that had live blogs posting everything that happened at the event as it happened.
    1. sammo123's Avatar
      sammo123 -
      Okay so it will be availabe march 11th, but on the site you cant pre-order it yet does this mean pre order starts march 11th because im confused and would like to order it now hah
    1. chillihound's Avatar
      chillihound -
      So when do we start the iPad 3 speculation?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chillihound View Post
      So when do we start the iPad 3 speculation?
      That actually started a few weeks ago
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by myndzeye23 View Post
      no USB WTF??
      What would you plug into it?....
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      lol i keep refreshing the apple store every few minutes waiting for a preorder link.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      That actually started a few weeks ago
      hahaha sure did!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Razz View Post
      lol i keep refreshing the apple store every few minutes waiting for a preorder link.
      It clearly says online orders start March 11th. There will be no pre-orders.
    1. tkawika's Avatar
      tkawika -
      When is the jailbreak coming out!! haha JK..
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Doesn't change the fact that I keep doing it
    1. zinjen's Avatar
      zinjen -
      Is the screen resolution & size the exact same?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Is the screen resolution & size the exact same?
      Yup. Apparently, not 1 thing mentioned about either one of those.
    1. Razz's Avatar
      Razz -
      Quote Originally Posted by zinjen View Post
      Is the screen resolution & size the exact same?

      This should tell you everything you need to know