Apple unveiled the iPad 2 at a press conference announcing that it will be available March 11th for both AT&T and Verizon.
The new iPad 2 will be lighter and faster with no change in screen dimensions.
Among the new features:
• The iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor. The dual-core processors promise to be twice as fast for CPU performance, and nine times faster for graphics.
• Expect to see a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, as well as a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, which would allow programs such as FaceTime to be used by iPad owners for the first time.
• The iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
• An iPad 2 Smart Cover: Designed with a unique self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove, the new iPad 2 Smart Cover automatically wakes iPad 2 when it is opened and puts it to sleep when it’s closed, and has a soft microfiber lining to help keep the screen clean.
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, and $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, and $829 for the 64GB model.
iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G compatible with the Verizon network will be available in the US only for a suggested retail price of $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32GB model and $829 for the 64GB model.
The iPad 2 will be sold in the US through the Apple Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.