Presented last week, Apple iPad 2 is just an upgrade to the first one rather than a new tablet. It’s lighter, thinner and a lot more powerful. It’s only 8.8mm thick – it even scares Samsung – featuring a 9.7″ display with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels, increasing the quality and sharpness of the screen, however, it doesn’t support the ultra Retina display which some people (me too) hoped for. Maybe next time…
Under the hood we can find a much more better processor, the 1 GHz ARM-based A5 Dual-Core CPU, being twice as fast as the original one. Apple claims that the graphics capacity on the iPad 2 is nine times faster and considering that the original one wasn’t slow, the upcoming applications should be really impressive.
Taking a look at the back of the slate, we will notice a camera which supports 720p HD video recording, while the front-facing camera is a VGA one for video calls via FaceTime. We’re happy that they added a camera, even if filming with a tablet isn’t comfortable, the feature is welcome.
There are more versions of the iPad 2, the WiFi-only and the 3.5G cellular data one, the second one increasing the price with $130 in the US. The handset will be available on both Verizon and AT&T networks in the US, while it should be on other carriers worldwide as well. Both versions support GPS, also featuring a gyroscope, increasing the performance of some games.
Pretty interesting is that Apple made some multi-color smart covers, allowing customers to change the device’s appearance to their favourite colour. An HDMI adapter is available too, being able to visualize media from you iPad via a TV. I’m not sure what kind of resolution it supports, although I believe that it should be 1080p Full HD. iPad 2 will come in two different colors, White and Black.
When it comes to software, it was upgraded to the iOS 4.3, which only features slight changes such as new applications related to media editing and sharing.
The pricing in the US is the following:
- Apple iPad 2 WiFi-only 16GB:$499
- Apple iPad 2 3.5G 64 GB: $829
The newly-introduced tablet will be available for purchase in the US and most European countries (except Russia) at 11th March, while other countries such as New Zeeland, Japan and Mexico will benefit the tablet’s features only at 25th March.
Finally, I would’ve thought they will launch something better rather than just an upgrade to the original one. The main difference is the Dual-Core processor and the measuring (8.8mm thick and 600 grams light), quite disappointing considering the fact that Apple announces a tablet only once a year.