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Apple iPad 2 Features

What's New With the iPad 2?

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iPad 2 Features

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The Apple iPad 2 represents a significant upgrade to the original iPad in terms of pure processing power, with a dual-core A5 chip reported to be as twice as fast. The iPad 2 also includes an enhanced graphics processor and both front-facing and back-facing cameras.

iPad 2 Features: Key Details

  • Dual-core A5 chip (twice as fast as the original iPad)
  • Both front-facing and back-facing cameras capable of shooting HD video
  • 9.5 inches long and 7.3 inches wide
  • 1.3 lbs and only 0.34 inches thick
  • 9.7 inch IPS display with LED backlight
  • 1024x768 resolution support 720p
  • Supports 1080p video via HDMI when combined with the HDMI-out adapter
  • 16 to 64 GB Flash storage
  • WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
  • 3G support on AT&T and Verizon networks
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • External speaker
  • Microphone
  • 30-pin connector
  • 10 hours of battery life, 1 month standby
  • Compatible with iPad apps and all iPhone apps
  • iOS 4.3 with AirPlay support

iPad 2 Features: A Worthy Upgrade?

The key differences between the original iPad and the iPad 2 are the increased processing power offered by the dual core chip, a more powerful graphics processor and the front-facing and back-facing cameras, which give the iPad 2 support for FaceTime. The increased processing power should come in handy for those using processor-intensive applications and those who take advantage of the iPad's multitasking capabilities.

The iPad 2 will also support 1080p video out to an HDTV via the HDMI-out adapter. While this adapter can be used on the original iPad, only the iPad 2 supports 1080p video with the adapter.

Should you upgrade to the iPad 2?

iPad 2 Features: Pricing

The iPad 2 features a similar pricing structure as the original iPad, with two distinct models (3G and WiFi-only) and three different sizes for storage (16GB, 32GB, 64GB). Here is the pricing breakdown for the different models:

  • WiFi-only: $499 for the 16GB model, $599 for the 32 GB model and $699 for the 64 GB model
  • 3G: $629 for the 16GB model, $729 for the 32 GB model and $829 for the 64 GB model

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