The processor has been upgraded from Apple’s A4 chip to its new dual-core A5, which runs at 1.2GHz as opposed to the 1GHz of the current iPad, but still maintains the same low power consumption of the previous processor and also maintains its 10-hour battery life. Apple claims the iPad 2 is the first dual-core tablet to ship in volume, and it also boasts a whopping 9x faster graphics performance!
On the outside, the iPad 2 is 33% thinner than the original Apple tablet, measuring just 8.8mm in depth as opposed to 13.44mm. It also features both front- and rear-facing cameras and finally introduces FaceTime and video conferencing to the device. Just like the iPhone 4, the iPad 2 also features a gyroscope, which will improve gaming and augmented reality just like it did for the iPhone.
You now have two choices to decide between when you buy your shinny new iPad; as well as the original black device, Apple is offering the iPad 2 in white, and there’s no mention of a delay in release just yet!
The price of the new iPad 2 remains frozen at the current iPad prices, starting at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, increasing to $839 for the 64GB 3G device. The 3G device will be compatible with both AT&T and Verizon, but surprisingly, there will be both CDMA and GSM versions – not one-model-fits-all as we expected.
Look out for our next post on the awesome new iPad 2 accessories!