Today, Apple announced the latest generation iPad. Steve Jobs got a standing ovation when he surprised everyone by showing up on stage, this is because we learned back in January that he would be on medical leave for an unspecified amount of time, but it was nice to see him make the announcement.
Now, you're probably wondering bout the new tablet. Let's see what's going on with Apple's latest iPad after the jump:
1) Is it really called the iPad 2?
Yup. Apple has officially named it the iPad 2. It all seemed like a name used just as a placeholder, so that we could know the different when referring to the at the time unnamed device. However, it seems that Apple chose to make the iPad 2 the official name of the second-generation iPad.
2) When is it coming?
The iPad 2 is due Friday, March 11th, 2011. This will be all models.
3) What about the 3G?
Yup, that is coming the same day.
4) Is the iPad 2 3G limited to AT&T?
Nope. The iPad 2 3G will be available on both AT&T and Verizon.
5) Can I pre-order now?
Unfortunately, Apple does not seem to be doing pre-orders at this time. Going to their store and clicking on the iPad 2 only takes you to a feature page.
6) So When Can I Order?
Apple's online store says you can start ordering on March 11th.
7) And how much is the iPad 2going to cost me. I heard it may be more expensive?
Worry not. Apple announced that the iPad 2 will cost the same amount as the original. It breaks down like this:
$499 – 16GB
$599 – 32GB
$699 – 64GB
$629 – 16GB
$729 – 32GB
$829 – 64GB
8) So about the camera?
The iPad 2 has both front- and rear-facing cameras. Here are their specs according to Apple:
– Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
– Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
– Tap to control exposure for video or stills
– Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi
9) And the Processor?
That's the A5
The iPad 2 comes with a 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor. It's has low power-consumption according to Apple and is a good deal faster than the original.
Here's some more details on that:
– Dual-core processors
– Up to 2x faster CPU
– Up to 9x faster graphics
– Same low power as A4
– First dual core tablet to ship in volume
Our artist's render wasn't too far off
10) Will that have an effect on the battery life?
Apple claims the same 10-hour battery life for the iPad 2.
11) How about ports and plugs?
Most of the same stuff here: 30-pin connector (Apple standard), 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack,built-in speaker, microphone. There will also be a connector to allow for HDMI out, this will plug into the 30-pin connector jack.
12) So this one comes in two colors?
Yup, the iPad 2 comes in Black and White.
13) What are the dimensions and weight? (for comparison's sake, we've included the original iPad specs as well)
iPad 2: 9.50"(h) 7.31"(w) .34"(d) - 1.33 pounds (wifi), 1.35 (3G), 1.34 (Verizon 3G)
iPad 1: 9.56"(h) 7.47"(w) .50"(d) – 1.50 pounds (wifi), 1.60 (3G)
14) Wait, there are separate 3G configurations?
Yup. Looks like it based on Apple's official weight specs. The Verizon model weighs just a bit less, too (but the amount is probably insignificant). Here's more on that.
15) What version of iOS does the iPad 2 ship with?
The iPad 2 is coming with iOS 4.3.
16) Any important Apps?
The iPad 2 is coming with FaceTime and PhotoBooth, thanks to the camera. Coming to the iPad are some of the iLife applications as well. They aren't exclusive to the second-generation tablet, but they launch on the same day, and are no doubt optimized for the device: iMovie and GarageBand
17) How about those weird magnet jackets?
Dude, those things are wicked! Sorry…but the idea is pretty interesting. It's a magnetic cover, but it only goes over the front of the tablet, leaving the back exposed. It grips on the tablet perfectly, and while the iPad is being used with this cover, it's in sleep mode. When you open it up, the tablet automatically wakes up.
18) Any additional bells and whistles?
With the optional HDMI jack, you can send full 1080p video to an HDTV and it will support mirroring. This means you can play your games and use apps on the big screen.
This model also has a gyroscope (like the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch 4G), enhancing some of the functions for gameplay and other tilt features.
More to Come
There is more to come with all the iPad 2 news and roundups. We hope that this guide will get you through the basic thoughts and questions about the iPad 2.