Apple launched today its new iPad 2 at the Yerbabuena Center in San Francisco. The presence of Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, was a surprise since he is in a medical license and many thought Phil Schiller would present the event.
The iPad 2 brings the FaceTime experience to its high resolution display of 9.7 inches with LED backlighting and two cameras for video recording in HD. It comes with Apple’s A5 dual-core chip, which improves browsing and multitasking. All of that in a design 33% thinner (from 13.4 mm to 8.8 mm) and 15% lighter (1.5 pounds to 1.3 pounds).
IPS technology (variation on plan), allows a wide viewing angle of 178 º iPad 2, which is available in two colors and has 10 hours of battery life.
Photobooth, Garage Band, iMovie, and Keynote, come included in the tablet that works with iOS 4.3, which can be downloaded for free since the day of its release.
The iPad 2 will be on the shelves since March 11 in U.S. and two weeks later in Spain, on March 25; its price is the same as the first generation iPads, $ 499 for the version with WiFi.