- 64 GB capacity for about 16,000 songs, 80,000 images, or 80 hrs of video
- Up to 40 hrs of audio playback or 7 hrs of video playback on a single charge
- 3.5-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display with 960-by-640-pixel resolution (326 pixels per inch)
- Assistance for AAC, Protected AAC (iTunes Store), MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV audio formats H.264, MPEG-4, and Motion JPEG video codecs in M4V, MP4, MOV, and AVI formats
- A single-year restricted warranty
At a unique event in San Francisco Wednesday, Apple unveiled the iPad 2, the stick to-up to the original iPad it released final April. The iPad 2 capabilities an all-new design along with new functions like developed-in cameras and a new gyroscope.
At the heart of the iPad two is a 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor, which should provide a improve over the 1GHz single-core Apple A4 in the initial iPad. Apple says the A5 is two times more rapidly than the past processor, while graphics overall performance is nine instances more rapidly–welcome news for almost everything from games to video-editing apps like the soon-to-be-released iPad-optimized version of iMovie.
“The graphics on this thing are wonderful,” stated Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who made a surprise physical appearance at the Wednesday occasion regardless of becoming on medical leave.
The A5 also has a related reduced-power consumption rating as the A4. Like the original iPad, the new model promises ten hours of battery life.
The iPad 2 attributes two constructed-in cameras, for use with FaceTime video chat and other apps. FaceTime can be utilised between two iPad 2s, in between the iPad 2 and an iPhone or iPod touch, or between an iPad 2 and a Mac using FaceTime for Mac. As with FaceTime on other iOS devices, you are going to be in a position to use the front-facing camera to capture your very own image you can switch to the rear-facing camera for the duration of conversations to show chat participants what you’re searching at with out getting to flip around your iPad.
Apple also announced a new Photo Booth app for the iPad. The app makes use of the front-facing camera to snap your image, which you can then alter with eight integrated effects. The Photo Booth app previews all effects on 1-screen in true-time.
The iPad 2′s front camera is capable of recording VGA-resolution (640-by-480) video at 30 frames per second with audio. The front camera can also take still images at 640-by-480. The back camera can record HD video at 720p at 30 frames per second with audio. When in nevertheless camera mode, the back camera has a 5X digital zoom.
The iPad two features a 9.7-inch LCD display with a 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch, like the original iPad.
Overall, the iPad 2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor, weighing 1.3 pounds and measuring .35 inches thick. The original iPad was 1.5 pounds (1.six pounds for the 3G iPad) and .5 inches thick. The iPad two is actually thinner than the iPhone 4, which is .37 inches thick.
Other new capabilities consist of a gyroscope, which has previously been incorporated in the iPhone four and fourth-generation iPod touch. Apple says the gyroscope feature functions with the iPad 2′s constructed-in accelerometer and compass to sense the direction the iPad is headed and how it really is moving. That ought to have an effect on gaming and mapping apps, providing both more of a 360-degree feel.
The iPad 2 supports 1080p video out utilizing an Apple VGA Adapter or the newly announced Apple Digital AV Adapter. Users will also be ready to select among a black or white iPad, which will each ship at the very same time. That stands in stark contrast to the iPhone 4, which was also supposed to be offered in each black and white choices nonetheless, the white iPhone four has been continually delayed, with model scheduled to arrive sometime this spring.
Apple offers six models of the iPad 2, with pricing identical to the original iPad’s. There are 3 Wi-Fi only designs: a 9 version with 16GB of flash storage a 9 model with 32GB of flash storage and a 9 model with 64GB of flash storage.
Apple will supply three 3G-equipped designs: a 9 version with 16GB of flash storage a 9 model with 323GB of flash storage and a 9 model with 64GB of flash storage. According to Apple’s iPad 3G Site, the 3G-enabled iPad two is created to run on either AT&T or Verizon, but not both carriers for the very same tablet.
Apple says the iPad two will be offered on March 11 by way of the on-line and retail Apple Merchants. You can’t place an order for the new tablet till March 11, according to Apple’s on the web retailer. As of this writing, the original 16GB Wi-Fi iPad was accessible by means of Apple’s clearance section for 9.
The iPad two specifications call for iTunes ten.2, which Apple released Wednesday afternoon. iPad two also requires Mac OS X ten.5.8 or later (or Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP Home or Skilled with Service Pack three if you’re making use of that other platform.)
In a small less than a year, the iPad has turn out to be a massive part of Apple’s organization. Jobs mentioned in the course of Wednesday’s presentation that Apple sold virtually 15 million iPads for the duration of a nine-month period in 2010. According to Apple, the iPad has more than a 90 percent share of the tablet market. “Although other people have been scrambling to copy the very first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will most likely result in them to go back to the drawing boards yet again,” mentioned Jobs in a press release.
At the occasion, Jobs acknowledge the part of the retail Apple Stores as a key to the achievement of the iPad. The stores’ constructed-in ability to help the iPad was important to educating clients and to manage client questions. “Without having these stores, I don’t think we would have been successful either,” Jobs stated.
“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technologies alone is not sufficient,” said Jobs at the end of the iPad two event. “That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the outcome that tends to make our hearts sing.”
Apple has a video demonstration of the iPad two obtainable on its Website.
Apple posted the video of today’s iPad two occasion. The video is also offered if you subscribe to the Apple Keynotes podcast in iTunes.