iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

Summary: So, Apple's iPad event is over, so it's time to digest though the information and see what twe know and what we don't know.

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So, Apple's iPad event is over, so it's time to digest though the information and see what twe know and what we don't know.

Here's the state of play:

  • It's called the iPad 2
  • Powered by a dual-core A5 processor running at 1GHz, but no word on how much RAM this part is fitted with
  • CPU 2x faster, GPU 9x faster
  • Front VGA resolution camera and read-facing 720p camera, but no word on resolution
  • FaceTime support
  • iPad 2 is thinner, even thinner than the iPhone 4 (8.8MM vs. 9.3mm) - current iPad is 13.4mm thick
  • Lighter - 1.3 pounds compared to 1.5 pounds
  • Two colors, white and black, and both will be instantly available
  • 10-hour battery life
  • Built-in gyroscope
  • Prices and storage remains the same - $499 buys youa 16GB model with WiFi
  • 3G version supports both AT&T and Verizon
  • Also announced was new GarageBand and iMovie for iPad
  • New accessory include a $39 HDMI out cable that aloows 1080p output
  • A new “smart cover” that uses magnets to attach to the iPad 2 - case also doubles as a stand - $39 for polyurathane version, $69 for leather
  • Availability - March 11 in the US and two weeks later in another 26 countries

So, what do i think? Well, it's evolutionary rather than revolutionary for sure. The hardware upgrades are more modest than many were predicting (no Thunderbolt port, no super high resolution screen, no storage bump) and the new features bought in by iOS 4.3, while being rather interesting, are far from ground-breaking. There was also no price drop.

That said, this upgrade is more than enough to worry those planning on bringing out tablets this year. iPad 2 should present plenty of challenge for Morotola and RIM and the like as they gear up to release their tablets. Or, to put it another way, the Xoom and PlayBook could well be toast in the face of the iPad 2.

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

    No 4G, and how about Mobile Me and cloud based iTunes?
    tatiGmail
    • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

      Still no sd card, no 4g or lte support, and still no flash.
      Might as well with the crapish ipad
      rparker009
      • Thick plasticky but pricy "competitors" cry today

        @rparker009: LTE is in just 1% of territory, it is pointless. SD card and HDMI are accessible with small adapter -- though most people do not care since Apple has AirPlay technology and access cloud-based services. There is simply no need to even deal with physical connectors for most of people.

        Also, 65000 tablet apps against 100 -- huge advantage.
        DDERSSS
  • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

    To clarify, there are TWO 3G versions, one for Verizon and one for AT&T. So how many SKUs?

    Well, flash is 16, 32 or 64. Colors are black and white. Connectivity is WiFi, Verizon or AT&T. I'm counting 18 separate SKUs! Good luck buying this at Target. :)
    vulcan666
    • Do you have a link or quote for that..

      @vulcan666.. If it had the same chip as in the Verizon iPhone4 supposedly it should be able to work on either network..
      doctorSpoc
      • So, should be 12 SKUs including color, where there were 6 before.

        With or without 3G (all have WiFi) (2)
        Black or White (2)
        16, 32, or 64 (3)

        2 x 2 x 3 = 12
        DonnieBoy
      • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

        @doctorSpoc

        Sure. Go to http://www.apple.com/ipad/3g/. "If you decide on an iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, be sure to select the model that corresponds with the carrier you?d like to use for 3G service. The iPad model you purchase is specially configured to work with either AT&T or Verizon ? not both. So while you don?t have to activate 3G service right away, you should choose your iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G according to the carrier you prefer."
        vulcan666
  • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

    Destined to fail by design because it is a tablet.
    Loverock Davidson
    • lmao...

      @Loverock Davidson... For someone who doesn't care for tablets you sure spend a good portion of your time writing about them... lol... doesn't seem like a story can be written about tablets without you writing thes same comment...
      doctorSpoc
      • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

        @doctorSpoc
        I don't want people to have false hopes about these tablets. Better for them to be warned first than spend $600 on a device to have it collect dust.
        Loverock Davidson
    • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

      @Loverock Davidson

      If it is destined to fail why did the first version sell 15million in 9 months. Let's not forget about 30+ companies have copied Apple and will be selling these in the near future.

      Last, what have you created that sold 15million units?
      beau27
      • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

        @beau27
        Because it has an Apple logo on it. The other companies are just trying to grab some money before this fad passes.
        Loverock Davidson
    • Well, a tablet with Windows is destined to fail.

      This much is true . . . .
      DonnieBoy
      • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

        @DonnieBoy
        OMG that was so unoriginal. You can do better Donnie.
        Loverock Davidson
      • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

        @DonnieBoy
        ASUs has a pad comming out soon. you can already order it on amazon. 12" screen win 7, handwrting on the screem and photo editing on screen with stylse, and can run full photoshop on it.
        rparker009
      • rparker009: Yes, and it will be thicker, heavier, sluggish, inappropriate

        OS, less battery life, and more expensive. Niche only.
        DonnieBoy
    • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

      @Loverock Davidson That's it. I thought the event was a little disappointing & lack-luster and am not really too impressed by iPad2, but just because you deem it as a fad and a failure means I'm definitely buying one. You're a good barometer for what a success is. I just have to do the opposite of what you decide.
      I12BPhil
      • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

        @I12BPhil
        Good then I can come back and laugh at you for wasting your money when you put it aside and stopped using it.
        Loverock Davidson
    • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

      Loverock, even I am surprised by that. So you think MS upcoming tablets will also fail then, because they are tablets? That sounds like double standards...
      I have to agree in some small way though, tablets are a bit of a fad and will likely be superseded by something novel. It just depends on how well each competing company integrates the latest tech, like 3D and eye-tracking to extend the life of the product range of something thats been unfashionable for a decade or so before Apple pulled a styling on it. If you ask me, thats why its selling so well despite its shortcomings. The earlier tablet computers were much more functional, which is also why the iPad isnt. Its been made too light and thin to fit functionality into it, and the marketing has been tailored to that eventuality: 'We managed to make it slick enough to carry around and look cool, now we are working real hard to put working components in, and keep it the same size... But you're going to finance it incrementally.'
      Thats just the same as Intel and AMD have been doing for years, fleecing the public for nothing more than an upgrade each time.
      SiO2
    • RE: iPad 2 - Here's what we know!

      @Loverock Davidson The iPad (and perhaps other tablet-type devices, can't speak to them because the OS is likely to be less intuitive) are excellent devices for older people who want email and web functionality but find smartphones' screens too small to read or navigate. My dad is a perfect example. He went through literally 12 or so PDAs and phones over the past 10 years, and none were suitable for him until he got the iPad. He uses it for everything!
      shannon.ahern