Sunday, March 6, 2011

First Look at Apple's Second-Generation iPad 2

The Apple iPad 2 was released at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Steve Jobs himself officially presented the new tablet. Now as things have settled down a bit, here is an Apple iPad 2 Review, with an in-depth analysis of the key features.

Apple iPad 2 Has A Performance Boost With Dual-Core A5 Chip

This A5 chip obviously makes the Apple iPad 2 twice faster than its predecessor, while it also touts up to 9X better graphics.

Light Weight & Slimmer

It was also previously rumored that the Apple iPad 2 will be slimmer and considerably lighter than its predecessor. Well, that’s true, as Steve Jobs told the audience about its dimensions. The iPad 2 is around 33% thinner than the previous Apple tablet. The width of the Apple iPad 2 is only 8.8mm down from 13.4mm. It is even slimmer than the iPhone 4!

Apple iPad 2 Comes In Both Black & White Colors

Some users like it white and someothers like it black, so Apple decided to design the iPad 2 in both colors. The audience at the event was so really excited when Steve Jobs announced that the white iPad 2 will be shipped from the very same day than the black iPad 2, meaning that there will be no delay in the delivery of the white iPads.

Front Camera Confirmed in Apple iPad 2

The previous iPad did not have a front camera, so there was no video conferencing capability, but the face camera has been confirmed for the Apple iPad 2.

Back-Camera Records 720p HD Video

The back camera is able to record 720p HD videos. This is a great improvement in Apple’s tablets.

iPad 2 Will Be Powered By iOS 4.3

Yes that’s right! The iPad 2 will be running iOS 4.3, which will be soon available to download for your iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch 3G & 4G on March 11.

Built-in Gyroscope Will Enhance User Experience In iPad 2

Personally, the thing which has left me awestruck is this new feature. As the iPad is thinner and for it to have Gyroscope, which is aware of the movements of the device in space, is something huge!

Also the built-in accelerometer will give both the portrait and landscape views for games, photos and ebooks. Now when the three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer and compass will all work together then games, maps, and other apps know your every twist, tilt, and 360. It will be an ultimate experience!

iPad 2 Retains The Price Tag Of Its Predecessor

As for the price of the Apple iPad 2, it looks like a smart move by Apple to keep the prices unchanged. On the internet, whatever we have read about the features of the Apple iPad 2, Steve Jobs gave an excellent impression of this new tablet.


The relevant specs are listed below :

  • Price: Wi-Fi-only models are $499-$699; Wi-Fi+3G models are $629-$829
  • Colors: Black and white
  • Dimensions: 9.5 inches by 7.31 inches by 0.34 inches
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds
  • Processor: 1 GHz Apple A5 custom dual-core processor
  • Storage: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; 3G HSDPA/HSUPA (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon) optional
  • Display: 9.7-inch LED backlit touchscreen with multi-touch and IPS
  • Cameras: Back camera with up to 720p 30-frames-per-second video recording and 5x digital zoom for still photos; front camera for VGA video recording up to 30 frames per second and VGA quality still camera; capable of photo and video tagging over Wi-Fi
  • Battery life: Up to 10 hours of Web surfing, video and music use
  • Inputs and outputs: 30-pin dock connector, 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone; Wi-Fi+3G model comes with Micro-SIM card tray
  • Sensors: Three-axis gyro, ambient light sensor and accelerometer
  • Audio formats: Take a deep breath... HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • Video: Up to 1080p output with optional Apple cables. Formats supported include H.264, MPEG-4 AND M-JPEG


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