|Apple iPad 2|
Ilse Jurriën : March 3th 2011 - 12:50 CET
Apple iPad 2 Tablet PC : Tablet PCs become more and more popular by the day. After launching the iPad one year ago, Apple is ready for the next-generation, by introducing the Apple iPad 2 Tablet PC. With this magical device users can browse the web, read and send emails, enjoy photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and more. The design of the Apple iPad 2 has been renewed, the new Apple Tablet is 33% thinner and up to 15% lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7" LED-backlit LCD display. The Apple iPad 2 Tablet PC features the new dual-core A5 processor for quick performance and beautiful graphics. Also new on the Apple iPad 2 are two cameras.|
Apple iPad 2
“With more than 15 million Apple iPads sold, iPad initiated an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While other manufacturers have spend their time on coping the first Apple iPad, we’re already launching the Apple iPad 2. This will drive the competition back to the drawing boards yet again as the new iPad 2 offers far more than the current competition has to offer."
Apple iPad 2 operating system
The Apple iPad 2 comes with the latest mobile operating system, Apple iOS 4.3. New features of this operating system includes faster Safari browser performance, iTunes Home Sharing, enhancements to AirPlay, the choice to use the Apple iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio, and Personal Hotspot to share an Apple iPhone 4 phone data connection over Wi-Fi. Furthermore, the Apple iPad 2 Tablet includes a built-in gyro for advanced gaming and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor. The Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G version, available via AT&T, also supports HSUPA for enhanced 3G upload speeds.
Apple iPad 2 digital camera
The two digital cameras of the new Apple iPad 2 include a front-facing VGA camera for Photo Booth and FaceTime, and a rear-facing digital camera to record HD video in 720p resolution, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to Apple iPad users for the first time. Though the Apple iPad 2 is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, the Apple iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life.
Apple iPad 2 sharing pictures
With the two new digital cameras, users of the new Apple iPad 2 Tablet PC can easily share pictures with family and friends through FaceTime, where already millions of iPhone 4, iPod touch and Mac users make use of. Users can simply apply visual effects to their photos by using Photo Booth, which includes 8 special photo effects like Squeeze, Twirl and Kaleidoscope.
New Apple iPad 2 apps
Beside the Apple iPad 2 an the new operating system, Apple also launches 2 new apps: iMovie and GarageBand for iPad. The new Apple iPad 2 apps are available via the App Store for just $4.99 each. With the iMovie app, Apple iPad 2 users can record and edit videos on their iPad, and share them via YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo and MobileMe galler. Videos can be easily watched on an HDTV using AirPlay and Apple TV. The GarageBand app turns the Apple iPad 2 into a collection of touch music instruments and a 8-track recording studio, allowing users to perform with onscreen keyboards, guitars, drums and basses using multi-touch gestures.
Apple iPad 2 App Store & iTunes Store
The Apple iPad 2 Tablet PC is compatibly with almost all App Store applications. More than 65,000 native Apple iPad apps are available, divided in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel. Whether you are interested in music or movies, the Apple iTunes Store gives iPad users access to all popular online music, TV shows and videos with a catalog of over 14 million songs, over 50,000 TV episodes and over 10,000 films including over 3,500 in HD video resolution. The iBooks app for the Apple iPad 2 makes it easy to browse, buy and read books on your mobile device.
Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover accessory
Without making the iPad 2 thicker, the screen of the new Apple iPad 2 can be protected with the new Smart Cover. The Smart Cover works through an easy to use self-aligning magnetic hinge; waking the Apple iPad 2 when it's opened, and putting the device to sleep when the Smart Cover is closed. A soft microfiber lining helps to keep the display clean. The Smart Cover also comes in handy when typing of viewing videos, as you can fold the Apple iPad 2 into a stand. The Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover accessory will be available in a range of colors in vibrant polyurethane for $39 / €29 or rich leather for $69 / €49.
Apple iPad 2 WiFi + 3G Price & Availability
The Apple iPad 2 Tablet PC is available in the colors black or white. In the USA the Apple iPad 2 will run on AT&T’s and Verizon’s 3G networks. The Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi edition will be available on 11th March. The Apple iPad 2 16GB model is available at an estimated retail price of $499, the Apple iPad 2 32GB model costs $599 and the Apple iPad 2 64GB model will be available for $699. The advanced Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G edition is available in the same memory capacities, for an additional charge of $130. Which means that the Apple iPad 2 3G 16GB is available for an estimated retail price of $629, the Apple iPad 2 3G 32GB costs $729 and the Apple iPad 2 3G 64GB model will be available for $829.
Apple iPad 2 Price & Availability outside the USA
After launching the Apple iPad 2 in the USA, the new Apple Tablet PC will be available from 25th March in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. In the months thereafter, the Apple iPad 2 will be launched in many more countries. Pricing will be announced at a later date.
Apple iPad 2 review
As soon as we receive a Apple iPad 2 test sample, we will publish an in-depth Apple iPad 2 review, including a Apple iPad photo gallery.