After months of rumours and speculation, finally Apple announced it’s brand new tablet device, the Apple iPad 2.
On the 2nd March 2011, Apple held it’s latest media event in Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco. Before the event, there were various rumours about who was going to announce the new tablet device. However, despite being on leave to concentrate on his health, Apple CEO Steve Jobs entered onto the stage to the delight of the crowd and Apple fans around the world.
He entered onto the stage with his first words “We’ve been working on this product for a while and I just didn’t want to miss today.” I personally, as an Apple fan love Steve Job’s presentations and couldn’t imagine an Apple product such as the iPad being announced without the person who founded Apple presenting it to the world. It shows how Steve Jobs obviously thinks the iPad 2 can be the next big thing in the technology world and he wouldn’t want to miss it’s launch, despite him being ill.
From we at Free the gadgets have seen so far of the Apple iPad 2, we think it could be the next big thing indeed and we are impressed at the many additions the second model brings to the table. One of the first obvious new additions you notice when you see the iPad 2 is that it is dramatically thinner. In fact the iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than the original iPad making it just 8.3mm thick. That’s thinner than my iPhone 4, which is the world’s thinnest smart phone! It’s also very light too at 1.3 pounds making the iPad 2 perfect for travelling with.
The second major new addition you’ll notice when you look at the iPad 2 is the addition of two new cameras. We reported these may be included on the iPad 2 in our last article and it turns out we were right. The iPad 2 has the exact same cameras seen on the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4. It boasts a VGA quality front facing camera, and a rear-facing camera, which can record up to 720p HD video. As reported by us earlier, we thought it was only sensible that Apple added cameras to it’s iPad since it wants to expand the number of devices that can now make facetime calls.
Another major addition that the iPad 2 brings is the brand new A5 processor. The original iPad had an A4 processor, meaning the iPad 2’s CPU is now two times faster due to it’s dual core A5 processor. Apple also says the iPad 2 has nine times faster graphical capabilities, making it more suitable for better games. If this isn’t impressive enough, the iPad 2, despite being much faster than it’s predecessor manages to remain the exact same battery life, which is a brilliantly useable 10 hours. The iPad 2 will also be capable of 1080p full HD output, due to an addition HDMI cable. This would go into the usual iPad port you use for charging. This now means you’ll be able to export your HD films to your TV, whilst maintaining the picture quality. iPad 2 will also ship in white as well as black from day one. This is brilliant for white apple gadget lovers, as the white iPhone 4 has still not been released; the rumours are that there were problems with painting the glass white.
What’s also brilliant about iPad 2, is the price. It’s the exact same as before, much more features and an overall better device for the same price? That’s a bargain! UK prices will start from £429.
The iPad 2 is officially released in the USA today (11th March 2011) however, for 26 other countries including the UK, we’ll have to wait until the 25th March 2011.