Posted Wed Mar 2, 2011 at 12:35 PM PST by Dick Ward
In addition to plenty of new apps, the iPad 2 offers dual cameras, a new processor, and an HDMI output accessory.
Apple is known for a lot of things, and big announcements is one of them. The reveal of the iPad 2 is no different. Sure, it has amazing capabilities, but the first big shocker was the release date. It's coming out next Friday.
Of course, there's plenty more to love about the iPad 2. For starters, it features a brand new dual-core processor known as the A5. It boasts up to twice the speed for tasks requiring the CPU and up to nine times the speed for graphics.
The iPad 2 features cameras on both the front and the back of the device to allow FaceTime calls to be made between iPads, iPhones and computers. It's a pretty slick setup.
In the home theater realm, one of the most useful new features is the adapter that allows you to output 1080p video from your iPad 2 to your TV via HDMI. It detects orientation, shows exactly what you have on the screen and you can even charge your iPad while you do it. Of course, that adapter is going to cost you an extra $39.
The iPad 2 starts at $499 and goes up to $829 for a 32GB model with 3G. Versions are available for AT&T and Verizon.
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