If you ain’t heard, Apple announced the iPad 2 today.  Here’s a quick look at the specs and let’s not forget the launch date of March 11th here in the US and March 25th in 26 countries.

iPad 2 Specs:

  • A5 Dual Core processor
    • 2x faster than iPad 1
    • 9x faster graphics than iPad 1
  • Front and rear cameras
    • We think photo and video
  • 8.8mm thick (1/3 thinner than iPad 1)
  • 1.3lbs (.2lbs lighter than iPad 1)
  • 1 month of standby time
  • Comes in black or white
  • Built-in Gyroscope
  • Screen remains the same (1024×768)

The Apple online store is still down, but we expect that the iPad 2 will be available for order when it goes back up.  Pricing for the tablet will remain the same starting at $499 for the 16GB WiFi version and topping out at $829 for the 64GB 3G+WiFi version.

Battery life, despite the increased processor speed, will also remains the same, which means 10 hours of video playback or web surfing over WiFi.

Thanks to the innovative design team at Apple they’ve slimmed down the iPad’s form factor by 33%, making it beyond svelte and a nice complement to the latest Macbook Airs.  It’s also .2lbs lighter than the previous gen iPad.

The all new 1Ghz dual-core A5 processor offers a two times speed improvement over the first chip used in the iPad 1 as well as graphics that are 9x faster.

Finally Apple has added dual cameras to the iPad.  The front camera captures vga quality photos and video, while the rear camera can record 720p HD images and video.  Photobooth, which has long been included in Mac OS X, will be on board.

And last but not least, Apple has designed a “smart cover” that adheres to the front of the iPad using a set of magnets.  When removed it automatically wakes the tablet device and it can be folded back into a triangle like stand.  From the images we’re seeing it adds a tad bit of length to the iPad.

Many of you were hoping that the iPad 2 would sport a “retina display”.  Sorry folks, but Apple has stuck with the same display found in the first iPad, which measures 1024×768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."