iPad 2 thinner, faster, lighter.
thinner: 33% – 0.34 inches ( thinner than iPhone 4 )
lighter: 15% – 1.33 pounds
color: black AND now also white
cover: magnetic cover protects screen
The iPad has an A4 ARM Cortex-A8-based core clocked at 1GHz. It’s a fully-integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC), that was rumored to be manufactured by Samsung for Apple.
The iPad 2 introduces the A5, a dual-core chip based on the new ARM Cortex-A9. The A5 is clocked at 1GHz but as is the way with the dual-core ARM design, there is no added power consumption. Despite running at the same 1GHz clock speed; graphics are nine times faster. Also what’s new is iOS 4.3.
Front camera: identical to the front camera on both the iPhone 4 and the fourth-generation iPod touch. Back camera: similar to iPod touch.
With a video adapter, you can mirror the iPad 2’s entire screen on an external display. Anything on your iPad’s display can be mirrored on an HDTV, a video projector, or any other compatible video display using a standard HDMI cable.
Has GPS chips and a 3x gyroscope. With the existing accelerometer and compass, the sensor package can figure out where the iPad 2 is heading and how it’s moving. Memory unchanged, 16G, 32G, and 64G. Battery unchanged.
The iPads have sold 15 million to date. Overall tablet sales are predicted to have 80% of the market by year end. Prices unchanged, starting at $499 to $829. Availability March 11, 5 pm. Not sure if 3G will be available.