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iPad 2, iOS 4.3, and new Apps – review of the Apple iPad 2 event

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Steve Jobs managed to present for about a half hour, and came on and off stage after that.  It seemed like he was auditioning everyone, but still wanted to demo the iPad 2 himself.  At least we get to see the big product announcement before “1:55” in the announcement.

Lots of interesting things, most of which was predicted.

First the iPad 2 announcement:

  • Two Cameras
  • Faster – Featuring the A5 processor, which will have 2x the CPU power of the iPad, and 9x the graphics power of the iPad.
  • Lighter – down to 1.3 pounds from 1.5
  • Thinner – down to just 8.8mm thick, that’s thinner than an iPhone 4
  • HDMI out – up to 1080p
  • Gyroscope that the iPhone and iPod now have
  • Same Prices as before (I had hoped they would lower slightly, but they are already cheaper than the competition)
  • Will be available in both Black and White (upon release, no delays)
  • Will be in both AT&T and Verizon 3G models
  • 10 hour battery life (all the new toys, same battery life)
  • NO improved display
  • An interesting cover, which serves as a cleaner, stand, and a flap to protect the screen
  • Release date is March 11th (better get it out soon, while the iPad 3 is almost done)
  • Supports FaceTime

Also announced was the iOS 4.3:

Now Apple is getting into the App arena, and moving way beyond Poker:

  • Photo Booth – a photo manipulation app, seems ok
  • iMovie – Serious upgrades here, very impressive (social integration, great editing tools, only a few bucks)
  • Garage Band – Amazing that this can be done on such a mobile device

That’s it.  I’m excited, and would love to grab an iPad (and also want a new AppleTV to take advantage of the AirPlay functionality).

Seems in the coverage a term is being coined nowadays, called “post-PC”.  We saw it on mobile phones that can double as full computers, and now on tablets that have processing power to behave like a desktop.

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