[This article will be constantly updated with the latest iPad 2 news so scroll towards the end to find out what's going on with the newest Apple tablet]
One of the most anticipated and awaited devices to hit the market this year from Apple is the Apple iPad 2. With the first announcements just barely hitting the market, the internet community and everyone already owning an Apple product have been buzzing about the second installment to the series. Now the real question emerges and what people have been wondering about is simple – is the new Apple iPad 2 worth it and what does it bring new to the scene. So let’s get down and dirty with the Apple iPad 2 overview and if you’re even remotely interested in the iPad 2 release date, specs and price tag you’d better keep on reading.
Spec wise, the Apple iPad 2 is coming with a series of improvements when compared to the previous model, obviously as an attempt to keep up the pace with the Android tablet sector, which has been heavily attacking Apple’s product.
The iPad 2 specs begin with a 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom designed processor which will help it breeze through the menus, and believe me it does make a difference. The device will come in 6 different models, the main separation point being the built in storage and the connectivity. As such you’ll have the Wi-Fi only model with 16, 32 or 64 GB and the Wi-Fi + 3G model with the same storage specs.
The Wi-Fi only model will come with the 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 technology, while the model which comes with the 3G connectivity will also feature GSM UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and CDMA with CDMA EV-DO Rev. 1 for connectivity.
The Apple iPad 2 will ship with 2 cameras, one front facing VGA camera and a 5 megapixel rear-camera which can bring you 720p HD video recording. All of this is powered by a battery which according to Apple will have a life of up to 10 hours for surfing the web via a Wi-Fi connection.
On the physical connectivity front, both models will ship with 30-pin dock connector ports, built-in speakers, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microphone and the 3G model will also support a micro-SIM card tray.
The display is a 9.7 inch LED backlit glossy widescreen, with multi-touch, at a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels which would place it at 132 pixels per inch. This would place the screen at a lower pixel density than what we’ve seen on the Motorola Xoom which has a WXGA 1280 by 800 pixel display, thus reaching 160 pixels per inch.
Despite this, the device does move through menus like it’s no one’s business and for this alone I would tell you to give it a quick look, because it sure looks great. Measuring at 9.50 inches in height ( that’s 241.2 mm ), 7.31 inches in width ( that’s 185.7 mm ) and with a thickness of only 0.34 inches ( that’s 8.8 mm ) it comes in as being almost as thin as the Samsung Galaxy S2 ( which mind you is a smartphone and not a tablet ).
Apple’s iPad 2 will be available at Verizon and AT&T and you will be able to get one as soon as the official iPad 2 release date is reached, that’s the 11th of March.
Pricing will start at $499.00 for the 16 GB model with Wi-Fi, all the way up to $699.00 for the model with 64 GB of storage. The 3G version will set you back $629.00 for the 16 GB version, $729.00 for the 32 GB model and the 64 GB one will go for $829.00 at both Verizon and AT&T. Until next time, start saving up because it sure looks like it’s worth its money.
[Update 01] iPad 2 vs. the original iPad. Is the upgrade worth it?
[Update 02] iPad 2′s GPU Against Those On Motorola Xoom and the original iPad.