What’s New about the Apple iPad 2?
On March 2nd, Apple Store unveiled the next generation iPad, which is aptly named the iPad 2. While overall functionality is the same, there are quite a few noticeable differences in this newer model. Below find a detailed explanation of these changes to decide if purchasing an iPad 2 is right for you.
Considering many customers are looking for a lightweight solution without sacrificing power, Apple made the iPad 2 considerably thinner compared to the first generation model. The dimensions of the iPad 2 are as follows:
- Height: 9.50 inches
- Width: 7.31 inches
- Depth: 0.34 inch
- Weight: 1.33 pounds
Compared to the 0.50 inch depth of the first model, you can see the newer iPad is substantially thinner at 0.34 inches. The same goes for weight. The first generation model weighed 1.5 pounds, so the iPad 2 lost 0.17 pounds or 2.72 ounces. By making the iPad 2 thinner, customers can easily carry the device on shopping trips, as well as to and from work or school. Those who use a medium-sized purse or backpack will find the iPad fits in most bags.
The 2nd generation iPad 2 is now equipped with a dual-core A5 chip for faster processing. The two cores enable you to surf the web quicker and experience smoother gameplay. The A5 processor also is energy efficient, so battery life does not suffer. The Apple iPad 2 offers an estimated battery life of up to 10 hours, which is long enough to last during most domestic plane rides.
Speaking of travel, it is worth noting that the Apple iPad 2 comes in several different models depending on capacity and connectivity. The Wi-Fi model features 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage. Same goes for the Wi-Fi + 3G model – only this device is equipped to use 3G service from either AT&T or Verizon. You must choose which carrier your wish to use, though, when purchasing the iPad 2 as each device is configured specifically for the service.
Now you can make video calls and shoot HD movies using the iPad 2. With one camera on the front and another on the back, it’s easy to share video of your surroundings with family and friends, as well as have face-to-face conversations. The cameras also support snapshots in Photo Booth, which lets you turn regular pictures into wacky works of art. The images in Photo Booth are automatically saved in your photo library, so it’s easy to send the pictures to contacts or create a slideshow.
Apple also rolled out another innovative product during the March 2nd keynote. The iPad Smart Cover is geared to keeping the iPad 2 looking new without the bulk of a typical case. It adheres to the device with magnets for a smooth overlay that keeps the touchscreen free of scratches and scuffs, although it does leave the back of the iPad 2 exposed. The iPad Smart Cover also folds back to create a stand to prop up the device when you watch a movie. The accessory comes in a variety of colors from basic black to petal pink. Open the cover, and the iPad 2 instantly wakes up, too. Depending on the color, the cover is made of either leather or microfiber. Please note the iPad Smart Cover is an optional accessory for the iPad 2 and must be purchased separately.
Along with the new features shown above, the iPad 2 also has distinct components that remain the same as the previous iPad. The display is still a 9.7-inch model with 1024x768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch. The storage capacity of 16GB up to 64GB is also equal to the first generation iPad.
But how do you order an iPad 2? Beginning March 11th, you can purchase an Apple iPad 2 directly at the Apple Store. The iPad 2 automatically qualifies for free shipping, as well as free engraving when ordered through the Apple Store website. Below are the prices for each iPad 2 model. Each configuration is available in two colors – black and white.
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi (USD)
- 16GB: $499
- 32GB: $599
- 64GB: $699
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G
3G Service Sold Separately
- 16GB: $629
- 32GB: $729
- 64GB: $829
Do you own an iPad? If so, are you going to upgrade to the iPad 2? Or are you thinking of purchasing an iPad for the first time? Let us know in the comments section. Whether you use your iPad as an eReader or a mobile gaming platform, we’d love to hear from you.