Apple Releases iPad2

— March 02, 2011

Apple introduced iPad 2, which features an entirely new design that is 33% thinner and up to 15% lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.

iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing FaceTime to iPad users for the first time. iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.

iPad 2 is available in black or white, features models that run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks, and introduces the iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of materials and colors.

With the new front and rear cameras, iPad 2 users can now make FaceTime calls to iPhone 4, iPod touch and Mac users.
iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, with new features including faster Safari mobile browsing performance; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi. Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for advanced gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G on AT&T, and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.
 
The iPad 2 Smart Cover provides protection for the iPad screen while maintaining its thin and lightweight profile. Designed with a self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove, the iPad 2 Smart Cover automatically wakes iPad 2 when it’s opened and puts it to sleep when it’s closed, and has a soft microfiber lining to help keep the screen clean. The Smart Cover also folds into a stand for typing or viewing videos and is available in polyurethane for $39 or leather for $69 in a range of colors.
 
Apple also introduced iMovie for iPad, available on the App Store for $4.99 starting March 11. With iMovie, iPad 2 users can shoot and edit videos right on their iPad and post the files to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and their MobileMe gallery; watch them on their iPod, iPhone or iPad; as well as view them on their HDTV using AirPlay and Apple TV.
 
iPad 2 runs almost all of the over 350,000 apps available on the App Store and there are more than 65,000 native iPad apps available from 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference, and travel. The iBooks app for iPad includes Apple’s iBookstore.
Pricing & Availability
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on March 11 for a suggested retail price of:

$499 for the 16GB model
$599 for the 32GB model
$699 for the 64GB model.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested retail price of:

$629 for the 16GB model
$729 for the 32GB model
$829 for the 64GB model.

iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the U.S. only for a suggested retail price of:

$629 for the 16GB model
$729 for the 32GB model
$829 for the 64GB model.

iPad 2 will be sold in the U.S. through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

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