iPad 2 for sale today March 11, 2011
The iPad 2 is ready for sale today online and at Apple stores. I have been waiting for the new version, and held off from buying one for a year.
The new features include the much expected dual-cameras—with camera-focused apps like FaceTime, iMovie, and Photo Booth. The thin new contour, available in both black and white, is also impressive—side-by-side with the original iPad, it is clearly thinner—though not quite as significantly as the photos during the event seemed to showcase.
The A5 Chip
The new iPad 2 is much faster than the original. The 1GHz dual-core A5 chip is a chip with drastically faster graphics processing.
Cameras and FaceTime
The iPad 2 has a rear-facing camera that shoots 720p, and a front-facing camera that is only VGA quality. iPad 2 now has cameras and FaceTime. I’m sure the iPad 3 will have HD quality on the front facing camera.
The video chat feature works just as easy as it is on an iPhone or iPod touch.
The iPad 2 is significantly thinner than the original. The original iPad with the case became somewhat bulky. So the iPad 2 should be more convenient.
GarageBand and iMovies App
The touch screen is what brings GarageBand to life in a way the computer software never could—you can strum a virtual guitar, pick single strings, and learn about chord progressions in the process.
This is one of the biggest new features. You can plug your iPad into your TV and watch a movie. There is a tiny cable that plugs in to the the 30-pin connector on one end and has an HDMI connection on the other. It also has another 30-pin connection alongside the HDMI so you can be charging your device at the same time you are watching it on TV.
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