I can’t hope to cover the iPad 2 hullaballoo as well as those at the San Francisco event, but it doesn’t mean I’m not up at 4am following the action.
After selling 15 million iPads in 2010 and gaining 90% market share in the tablet market, Apple is ready to take the next step. Apple’s latest iPad, the iPad 2, is official.
It has front and back cameras as well as a built-in gyroscope. It 1/3 thinner than the iPad – 8.8 mm thick from 13 mm – making it thinner than the iPhone 4. And It comes in white and will be available on Verizon and AT&T’s cellular networks. It starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.
And then we have this …
The design hasn’t just been tweaked, Jobs says. It’s all new from the bottom up.
Firstly, there are a couple of new processors. The main CPU is a Samsung A5 dual core processor. That will be up to nine times faster than the original iPad. Secondly, there’s a new graphics processor that’s two times faster than that of the iPad 1.
Secondly, it’s thinner — 33% thinner. Thinner than the iPhone 4. Thinner than a supermodel on a diet. It’s 8.8 mm, as opposed to 13.4 mm for the original iPad. And it’s slightly lighter at 1.3 lbs.
It will also come in white, from day one, and the 3G version will be available on Verizon and AT&T from day one. And when is day one? March 11 in the US, March 25 in other countries.
Also notable, says Jobs, is what hasn’t changed. The battery life is still in the 10 hour range. And the price is the same in the US: $499 for the basic 16GB Wi-fi version, heading up to $829 for the 3G model with 64GB.