Apple released the second version of its iPad tablet in March 2011, less than a year after the original iPad went on sale. It brings with it a dual-core A5 mobile processor, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, support for music, video and apps from the iTunes Store, and a thinner, lighter chassis. During the launch event for the iPad 2, Apple CEO Steve Jobs reported that more than 15 million original iPads had been sold across the world since the device was launched.
The History Of The iPad
Amid much rumor and speculation, Apple launched the first generation iPad at a media event on January 27, 2010. The iPad was based on the iOS mobile operating system that had already been developed for Apple's iPod Touch and iPhone devices. Customers in the US could pre-order the first iPad from March 12, 2010. The second generation iPad, offering faster specifications, a smaller chassis and the same display resolution, went on sale in March 2011.
iPad 2 Basic Specifications
The iPad 2 measures 9.50 in. by 7.31 in. by 0.34 in. and weighs 1.33 lbs. It is available with internal storage sizes of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, and both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi plus 3G models can be purchased. Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology is built-in and the iPad 2 offers a 9.7 in. LED-backlit glossy display running at a 1024 x 768 pixel (132 pixels-per-inch) resolution. Internally, the iPad 2 brings with it a custom designed 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor, 512MB of RAM and front and back cameras. The front camera is capable of VGA video recording at 30 frames-per-second and VGA-quality stills, while the back-facing camera is capable of HD (720p) video recording with audio at up to 30 frames-per-second. The built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
iPad 2 Features
The iPad 2 supports FaceTime, the Web-based video calling service available on other Apple devices including iPods, iPhones and Mac computers. It comes with a built-in three-axis gyro, an internal accelerometer and an ambient light sensor. 3G versions of the iPad also offer assisted GPS and cellular connectivity. Music, videos, compatible applications and podcasts from an iTunes library can be transferred to and played on the iPad 2 via a USB 2.0 cable. Video and audio out capabilities are available through the 30-pin dock connector port.
Pricing And Availability
The iPad 2 can be ordered directly from the Apple website. Prices start at $499.00 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of the device, rising to $829.00 for a 64GB iPad 2 with 3G capabilities (a contract with a cellular provider is included in the price). As of March 2011, iPad shipping times were quoted as four to five weeks. The latest iPad can also be picked up at Apple retail stores. The device is available with either white or black trim.
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