Apple chose March 2 for the premiere of the heir of its first tablet. March 2 and iPad 2 – hardly anyone believes that the choice is random, because at the American company everything is carefully orchestrated. Like a year ago, on the scene came Steve Jobs, although this time his appearance was unexpected – it is recalled that early this year, he withdrew for a certain period for medical reasons by the leadership of Apple. In the beginning some statistics. iBookstore offer over 2500 publishers, for less than a year consumers have downloaded over 100 million books in less than a year. Jobs also announced that user accounts are already 200 million, and recently the company has shipped its 100 millionth iPhone. For nine months in 2010 sold 15 million units of iPad, as Jobs did not fail to note that this is more than any tablet in history, and the market share of the company in this type of devices was 90%. Applications for his tablet are already over 65 000, while Android 3.0 apps are currently only 100. However, do not forget that Google’s platform has yet made its first steps, the market has only one tablet.
Yet the star of the evening is iPad 2. Tablet comes with a new design and a new processor – it already uses the chip A5. Now with dual-core design it is 2 times faster than A4 and has 9 times faster graphics. At the same time energy consumption is like its predecessor. As expected, added two cameras. Like the iPhone and iPod touch has a gyro and the dimensions of housing are severely reduced compared to the first version of the iPad – it’s 33% thinner. Expressed in figures, this means 13.4 mm against 8.8 mm. Weight was also reduced and is now 590 grams – good news since the first version was quite heavy. Tablet will be available in black and white version and also will work with GSM and CDMA networks. The battery lasts about 10 hours.
Among the additional options are HDMI output through a special cable that will allow the display of 1080p video on an external monitor and will also load the tablet. Together with the device debuted and interesting screen saver – not a cover, for panel (Smart Cover), by which magnets are mounted on the front of the tablet. Furthermore, it can be folded in various configurations to allow different uses and serve as a stand. In addition to cleaning the screen of the iPad 2 and automatically “wakes up” tablet or puts it in standby. Polyurethane version will cost 39 dollars, and leather will be priced at 69 dollars.
The price starts at $500 model with 16GB of memory and Wi-Fi and reaches 829 dollars for options with 64GB, Wi-Fi and 3G. The price immediately put Motorola at a disadvantage because the U.S. Xoom sells for $800, while the analogous iPad 2 will cost 729 dollars. Sales in the U.S. starting on 11 March and 25 March will be available in 26 more countries.
Was presented a new version of iMovie, you can benefit from increased productivity of the new tablet. Offering new topics, opportunities for editing and sharing video in different services. The application will be available for iPhone, and its price is $ 5. Holders of the tablet will be able to benefit from a special version of GarageBand with different instruments, 8 track recording, Loop 250 and editing and even the option to turn the guitar. Interestingly, by accelerometer tablet into account the force with which to touch the virtual keys and generates a different sound. GarageBand will also be available from March 11 priced at $ 5.