Steve Jobs, who was greeted with a standing ovation at today's event, has just revealed the iPad 2. It has so many new bells and whistles it almost makes the original iPad look like an artifact.
Here's a basic rundown of all the new features added to the new version of Apple's successful tablet franchise:
- runs on A5 chip
- New design
- CPU 2x faster
- Graphics 9x faster
- Rear and front cams
- 8.8 mm, slimmer than iPhone 4 9.3mm, 33% thinner than iPad
The iPad 2 will also support high-def video output via HDMI, but unfortunately it isn't a standard HDMI port. Apple has engineered a special, proprietary cable that has HDMI on one end to the TV, but a specific Apple connection to the iPad 2. That means you'll have to buy Apple's specific HDMI cable to send out HD video. It will retail for $39.
Perhaps the best news is that the pricing is just like what it was for the original iPad.
16GB - $499
32GB - $599
64GB - $699
16GB - $629
32GB - $729
64GB - $829
This will no doubt lead to deep discounts on current generation iPads. And it'll happen soon, too, because the iPad 2 is coming out next week - March 11 - in the US.