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Apple introduces iPad 2 with thinner, faster design

updated 01:35 pm EST, Wed March 2, 2011

Ships March 11th in US, 25th elsewhere

Apple today introduced the iPad 2, its second-generation tablet. The device uses a new dual-core processor called the A5, said to be twice as fast as the A4. Graphics processing is said to be nine times faster, and the device has both front- and rear-facing cameras. The device is a third thinner than the original iPad at 8.8mm versus 13.4mm, which Apple notes is also thinner than the iPhone 4. This contributes to a smaller weight at 1.3 pounds versus 1.5.

The iPad 2 further gains a gyroscope, and forward- and rear-facing cameras, which among other things can be used for iMovie, FaceTime calls, and Photo Booth. Black and white colors will be available, and 3G versions of the tablet will support AT&T and Verizon. Battery life is rated the same as the iPad 1 at 10 hours. Uniquely, a special $39 cable will allow HDMI out at resolutions up to 1080p while still charging.

The iPad 2 ships to the US on March 11th. Beginning on the 25th reach will expand to a host of other countries, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Wi-Fi and 3G tablets will continue to be available in the same capacities and at the same prices as predecessors, ranging from $499 for 16GB Wi-Fi through to $829 for 64GB 3G.

by MacNN Staff





  1. sammaffei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Shipping the 11th?

    Hmmm... Seems like Apple won't let you order until the 11th.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Uniquely, a special $39 cable will allow HDMI out at resolutions up to 1080p while still charging.

    Unique to what? The iPad? The iPad 2? The iPad 2 3G?

  1. bigmig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I feel bad for the 8 guys that bought Xooms...

    Fortunately they are probably still within the return window, with a possible restocking fee.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: huh?

    Unique in the cable has no other competitor. But to answer your question, go here:

    As you can read, it supports iPad 2, iPad 1, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Gen

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  1. vintagegeek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iOS4.3 Verizon ??????

    Apple Store says iOS4.3 will NOT be available for the Verizon iPhone...what kind of c*** is that?

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  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969


    nice picture.

    black ipads are for black people. white ipads are for white people.

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  1. chippie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Time For Ipad First Gen Owners To Start

    Moaning. I Feel for anyone who has received/purchased one since December? :( :~(

  1. Dace

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: nice picture

    Actually the black guy is calling the white girl from his white iPad. While the white girl is calling the black guy from her black iPad. Don try to read too much into it.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Short on detail

    What are the actual specs for the graphics chip? They claim 9 times faster graphics but don't seem to mention the chip anywhere. Is it all on the A5 die? They haven't exactly taken the Xoom's bait in terms of the cameras either, have they? I notice Apple have slashed the price of the first generation iPad from € 499 to € 379, a significant drop by Apple standards and shipping in 24 Hours. I guess there must still be quite a few in the system.

  1. erics

    Joined: Dec 1969


    first gen...

    first gen user and still love it ;)
    took it to a snowboard trip for a week and had to share it with 3 others :P
    now their all hooked and have the option to get a cheap one or the latest greatest :)
    its a win win for all I tell yaa!!

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