One of the more surprising things revealed at the iPad 2 event (at least for me anyway) has to be it’s launch date: March 11th at 5pm in the US. That is almost 3 weeks earlier than when the iPad first dropped last year on April 3rd. And this despite the recent rumors that a delay until June was a strong possibility. Alas, we’re only 9 days away from when it first arrives into Apple Stores (sorry, no pre-orders this time). As for those of you outside the US, the good news is that the iPad 2 will release on March 25, just a mere 2 weeks after. Take a look below and see if your country is one of the 26 that will be getting theirs before the month is over.
The iPad 2 has now been officially announced and Apple has put up the accompanying video highlighting it new features. You can check out the entire 6 minute video overview right after the gap!
After months of speculation and rumors, Steve Jobs took the stage today and unveiled the iPad 2. As expected, the second coming of the magical tablet will be powered by a faster A5 Dual Core processor, which will boast 2x cpu and 9x the graphics speeds. It’ll also have dual cameras (front and back) for Face Time and the like, along with the same impressive 10 hour battery life (1 month standby). Even more surprising is that the iPad 2 is 33% thinner and slightly lighter than the first iPad. Here’s a quick rundown of the specs:
- A5 Dual Core processor – 2x faster cpu and 9x faster graphics speed
- Black and White models both available on launch date
- Front and back cameras
- Same 10 hour battery life (1 month standby)
- 16GB, 32GB, 64GB models with or without 3G
- Lighter – 1.3lbs (down from 1.5lbs)
- Thinner – 8.8mm (from 13.4 mm)
- Shipping March 11 in U.S.
The iPad 2 will begin shipping on March 11 in the US, followed by 26 countries on March 25th. The pricing remains the same for both Wifi and WiFi+3G models, starting at $499 for 16GB WiFi and so forth. Full Press Release can be found after the break.
So we already knew that the iPad 2 is expected to be much more powerful under the hood, have a front facing camera and improved display. But what we didn’t know was that it’d be this massive! Check out this rather hilarious hands on “review” of the upcoming tablet after the gap.
Apple is pulling a fast one on us again.
As if the current incarnations of the iPhone and the less than a year old iPad aren’t next generation enough, Apple recently announced that the next versions of these much sought after gizmos are going to be, yes, even better.
While rumors abound that the second generation iPad is already in the works and set for release sometime in the first quarter of 2011, word from various manufacturers in Asia are pointing to the possibility that on top of the anticipated product refresh of the iPad early next year, there might be another iPad in the works. Some have dubbed it, in fact, as the iPad Mini.