The new iPad 2 is finally official and is improved quite a bit. Who knew you could improve the iPad? Every time I think of switching to a competitors tablet it just drives me back to my iPad. It's the UI stupid. Any-who, back to the iPad 2.
The iPad 2 has a dual-core A5 CPU that is twice as fast, a front and rear camera, nine times faster graphics performance, and still 10 hours of battery life. Pricing is the same,
and starts at $499. You now get an HDMI output which can do 1080P but need to buy a $39 dongle. On the back of the unit there is a speaker grill.
There seems to be a bunch of excitement about a new cover which Steve Jobs defines as: “We designed the case right along side the product. It’s not a case — it’s a cover.” So basically you get a magnetic flap that protects the front and automatically wakes the iPad 2 when you open it, and puts it to sleep when you close it. These cool smart covers will set you back from $39 to $69 (plastic to leather).
The iPad2 is 33 percent thinner than the original iPad which is amazing. You can chose between white and black on either Verizon or AT&T. Expect the iPad 2 to ship on March 11th with iOS 4.3.