A special event in San Francisco, lifted the veil on the new Apple iPad 2, the sequel to the original iPad released last April. iPad 2 will come with a completely new design, along with new features such as built-in cameras and a gyroscope.
Inside the iPad 2 is a 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor, which makes a decent boost from the original 1GHz Apple A4 processor single-core of the first iPad. Apple says that the new A5 is two times faster than the previous processor, while the graphics performance is nine times-which makes games and apps, like the upcoming iPad optimized version of iMovie, much better.
“The graphics on this unit is wonderful.” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
As its predecessor, A4, A5 has an extremely low power consumption. Like the original iPad, promises the new iPad 2 10 hours of battery life.
iPad 2 also comes with two built-in cameras, for use with FaceTime video chat and other apps. FaceTime can be used between two iPad 2s, between the iPad 2 and an iPhone or iPod touch, or between an iPad 2 and a Mac (which uses FaceTime, Mac version). As with FaceTime on other iOS devices, you can use the camera in the front to catch your own image; You can then switch between the camera in front and on the back, so you can show the person you’re talking with what you are looking at without having to turn the iPad around.
Apple also announced a new Photo Booth app for the iPad. The application uses the forward-facing camera to take your picture, with which then you can change the picture with eight included effects. Photo Booth application also provides a preview of all the effects on a screen in real time.
Forward-facing camera of iPad 2 is capable of recording VGA resolution (640 × 480 pixels) video at 30 fps with sound. The same camera can also take pictures with 640 × 480 pixels. The camera on the back can record HD video at 720 fps and 30 fps with sound. The camera also has 5x digital zoom-style images.
iPad 2 comes from howsmb.com with a 9.7″ LCD screen with a 1024 × 768 pixels resolution at 132 pixels per inch, like the original iPad.
Overall, the new iPad 2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, weighing only 590 grams and with a thickness of less than a centimeter. The original iPad weighed 680 grams (730 gram by 3g iPad) and was 1.3cm thick. iPad 2 is actually thinner than the iPhone 4, which is 0.9cm thick.
Other new features include a gyroscope, which was previously included in the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. Apple says that the gyroscope works with built-in accelerometer and compass of iPad 2 to figure out which direction the iPad pointing at and how it moves. This new feature should provide a better 360-degree experience of both gaming and navigation.
iPad 2 offers 1080p video out with an Apple VGA Adapter or the recently released Apple Digital AV Adapter. Users will also have the option between a black or a white iPad, both of which will be available at the same time. It stands in stark contrast to the iPhone 4, which also should have been available in both colors, but the white version was repeatedly postponed and now stands to be published next spring.
Apple offers six different models of iPad 2, with a price identical to the original iPad. There are three Wi-Fi only models: a $499 version with 16GB of flash memory, a $599 version with 32GB flash memory and a $699 version with 64GB of flash memory.
Apple will offer three 3G models as: a $629 version with 16GB of flash memory, a $729 version with 32GB of flash memory and a $829 version with 64GB of flash memory.
Apple says that iPad 2 will be available on Apple’s online store on March 11th.