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iPad 2 Revealed: Here Are The Details

Updated on March 4, 2011

What Is The iPad 2?

The original iPad is a tablet computer released by Apple in 2010. It offered a number of options for Internet connectivity, a 10 inch screen, and an app store loaded with an ever-increasing number of applications for download, both free and otherwise.

The iPad 2 offers the same benefits as its predecessor, with many improvements. The technical details were released today, and the iPad 2 itself will be available on March 11, 2011.

What Has Been Improved?

The new model features a number of improvements. I'll list them here and compare them to the previous model.

Processor: The processor determines how powerful the computer is. A faster processor will run applications and games more smoothly, as well has complete tasks more quickly. The iPad 2 features a 1 GHz dual-core A5 processor, which is quite an improvement over the original iPad's single-core A4 processor of the same speed. A dual core processor is the equivalent of having two processors. By doubling the number of cores, the iPad 2 will be up to twice as fast as the original iPad.

Graphics: The graphics have been greatly improved, as well. The iPad has a GPU unit, which is simply a processor dedicated to handling graphics. The iPad 2's GPU is nine times as fast as the original's. That's quite an improvement!

Camera: The iPad 2 will feature two cameras, one on the front and one on the back. You can get on a video conference using the front camera, or send our video or pictures of what you're seeing with the rear camera. This is a feature that has become available on various phones recently, and it can be handy if you take a lot of pictures or do a lot of video calls.

Gyroscope: The iPad 2 will also include a gyroscope, like the iPhone 4. This will allow for more motion-activated controls depending on how you hold or tilt the iPad.

HD Output: You can also display your iPad 2 on an HDTV in full 1080p resolution.

Size: The iPad 2 is slimmer than the original. According to the release announcement today, it will be 1/3 thinner.

Battery Power: Despite the more powerful hardware and smaller size, the iPad 2 will have the same battery life as the original iPad: 10 hours.

With prices starting at $499, I expect to see a lot of sales once the new iPad is released on March 11th. I'm sure a lot of people who own the original will upgrade, but I also expect to see a lot of consumers adopt the iPad 2 as their first tablet computer. 

How many of you will purchase the new iPad when it is released? Will current iPad owners upgrade? What else would you like to see in future models, from either the iPad or other tablets?

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