iPad 2

The iPad 2 is smaller, one-third thinner (0.34"), a bit lighter, and a lot more flexible than the first generation iPad. Powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Apple A5 CPU, the new version includes two cameras - a rear facing one for regular photos and video plus a front facing FaceTime camera for video chat. Apple claims "up to 9 times faster" graphics performance due to the A5 CPU.

The iPad 2 comes in black or white
The iPad 2 comes in black or white.

For the first time, the iPad is available in more than just black. Perhaps the white iPad 2 is designed to compete with the Kindle and other white ebook readers.

There are two 3G versions of the iPad 2 - one that supports the same protocols as the current version and a second version that uses CDMA and is compatible with Verizon and other CDMA carriers.

Despite rumors that Apple's high-resolution Retina Display would appear on the iPad 2, it uses the same 9.7" 1024 x 768 display as the original. Capacities are 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB, just like the first generation iPad.

The iPad is only one-third of an inch thick
The iPad is just 0.34" thick.

One of Apple's clever new innovation is the iPad Smart Cover, which holds in place magnetically and can also fold to create a support for your iPad 2. Apple has 10 colors to choose from.

The iPad is very green: no arsenic, BFR, mercury, or PVC, and it's highly recyclable. It can run all iPhone apps out of the box, either at native size or scaled up ("doubled") to full screen.

Prices: 16 GB, no 3G, $499; 32 GB, $599; 64 GB, $699. 16 GB with 3G, $629; 32 GB, $729; 64 GB, $829.

For serious keyboarders, Apple has a full size wireless Bluetooth keyboard.

If you already have an iPhone or iPod touch, you can use your existing apps with the iPad - no need to buy them again.

Specifications

  • announced 2011.03.02; available 2011.03.11 in US, 2011.3.25 overseas; price for 16 GB model reduced by $100 on 2012.03.07 with introduction of the 3rd generation iPad
  • requires iPhone OS 4.3 or later
  • CPU: dual-core 1 GHz Apple A5
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Level 2 cache: 1 MB
  • performance: Geekbench
    • overall: 761
    • integer: 688
    • floating point: 918
    • memory: 829
    • stream: 337
  • display: 9.7" 1024 x 768 LED backlit, 132 ppi resolution
  • video out: with adapter
  • flash drive: 16, 32, and 64 GB
  • ports: Apple dock connector, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, SIM card tray (3G model only)
  • WiFi: 802.11n
  • Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR
  • G3: UMTS/HSDPA/GSM/EDGE or CDMA
  • sensors: accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass
  • microphone: built in
  • Battery: rated at 10 hours, one month on standby
  • size: 9.50 x 7.31 x 0.34" (241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm)
  • weight
    • WiFi: 1.33 lb. (601 g)
    • 3G: 1.34 lb. (607 g)

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