The new iPad 2 is much thinner than the iPad 1st gen model, just 8.8mm thick, even thinner than the iPhone 4. It weighs 1.3 pounds instead of 1.5 and will cost the same: $499 for the wifi model and goes upto $900.
It also has rear and front facing cameras for recording video, taking photos, and FaceTime HD (720p) video chat. The new iPad also gets much awaited A5 dual-core processor and 9 times faster graphics processing.
Two colors to choose from: black and white and the same 10-hour battery life. The device would ship with iOS 4.3, and would be available to other iOS devices as well.
A new accessory cable will also offer mirrored HDMI video out to HDTVs for 1080p high-definition output. The $39 cable allows users to charge their iPad while using the video out feature.
Another accessory announced by Apple is a magnetic “smart cover,” which covers the front of the device. It sticks and cleans your iPad 2 screen and automatically locks the device, and unlocks when taken off .
iPad 2 can do group Facetime and that too at 720p HD.
The device will begin shipping in just over a week, on Friday, March 11, in the U.S., while 26 more overseas countries will get the device on March 25.
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