Apple Announces iPad 2!

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Steve Jobs took the stage at the Apple event today to unveil…the iPad 2! Below are the details on the much-anticipated tablet:

  • Features:
    • Operating system is iOS 4.3
    • The main CPU is a Samsung A5 dual core processor, which makes the iPad 2 two times faster  than the original iPad
    • New graphics processor that’s nine times faster than that of the iPad 1
    • Front and rear cameras
    • HDMI compatible, enabling connectivity to TV or a large screen
    • A gyroscope
    • Battery life in the 10 hour range (same as iPad 1)
  • Included accessories:
    • Cable that connects the screen to another monitor
    • “Smart covers” that come in different colors and use magnets to attach to the device
  • Form factor:
    • 33% thinner than before (thinner than the iPhone 4)
    • Weighs a bit less, at 1.3 pounds compared with 1.5 for the original iPad 1
  • Available models: Three storage sizes for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi +3G models: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB.
  • Colors: black or white
  • Price: entry level model is the same as the iPad 1 at $499. The top-end model is $829.
  • Shipping: March 11, 2011 in the U.S. Available in 26 other countries starting March 25.
  • New applications available for iPad:
    • Apple’s iMovie ($4.99)
    • GarageBand ($4.99)
  • Available channels:
    • Apple online store
    • Apple retail stores
    • 3G version will be available on Verizon and AT&T

And remember, if you need access to Wi-Fi on your iPad, consider:

  • Boingo Mobile for $7.95: unlimited access to 260,000 Boingo hotspots worldwide. Download the free app from iTunes.
  • Boingo Wi-Fi Credits: buy one-hour increments of Wi-Fi for $1.99/hour. Download the free app from iTunes.

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Here’s a video, via the Wall Street Journal, of Steve Jobs’ announcement of the iPad 2:

About Melody Demel

Melody is Senior Manager, PR for Boingo Wireless, where she is responsible for media relations, brand building and thought leadership initiatives. Melody is a die-hard Nebraska Cornhuskers fan and retired NCAA DI college field hockey player.
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