So this was almost as certain as the sun coming up this morning, but Apple indeed unveiled the iPad 2 today, and here’s what you need to know:
1. It has a completely new, thinner design
Apple wanted to make a distinction in its models, similar to what happened with the iPhone and the iPhone 3G, so they introduced a brand new design with the iPad 2. The design looks similar to the iPod Touch, with a more solid-but still round design. Also, the iPad is now completely flat on the back, a “stuck” volume rocker, and get this: it’s 33% thinner! Yes, it’s a third thinner than it’s already insanely thin predecessor. 2. It’s Wayyyyyyy Faster
The iPad is now a dual-core processor with the debut of Apple’s new A5, which means that it’s twice as fast as the A4 processor that was used on the previous iPad, iPhone 4, and the 4th generation iPod Touch. Also, Apple has said that it has graphics improvements that make videos and games perform nine times better than the A4 chip did.
3. It has Cameras!
Yes! It’s plural! The iPad indeed has 2 cameras, one in the front, one in the back, and the rear camera of course, records 720p HD video. So far, there’s no word on how good the quality of the photos will be, or if the iPad will take photos at all.
It’s in Black AND White!
People always get excited when apple announces a new color for their devices, but they always have the problem of delays with white! It’s been a problem that has been haunting them since the release of the first iPhone 3G back in 2008. It seems like Apple has buckled down on the promising and are promising the availability of black and white from day one of the iPad 2’s release.
4. Better Gaming!
I already mentioned that the A5 chip will play games nine times faster, but another great feature for gaming that has been added is that the iPad will now have a six-axis gyroscope! Much more accurate, gravitational gaming along with the basic accelerometer that is in all of Apple’s touchscreen devices.
An assurance of this model is that the prices will not be raised, even with the addition of the cameras, gyroscope, and the new A5 chip. Also, Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance to introduce the iPad 2! A great, welcoming surprise. One disappointment was that this iPad will not have the amazing Retina Display that is in place on the iPhone 4 and current iPod Touch. Oh well, it’s still likely to sell tens of millions this year, so get ready: the iPad 2 comes out a week after this Friday on March 2nd.