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Breaking Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 10:25 am PT (01:25 pm ET)

Apple announces redesigned iPad 2: A5 CPU, 2 cameras, ships March 11

Apple on Wednesday took the wraps off of its second-generation tablet, officially dubbed "iPad 2," with a completely new, thinner design, a faster dual-core A5 processor, and two video cameras, shipping on March 11.

The new iPad 2 is one-third thinner than the first-generation model, just 8.8mm thick, even thinner than the iPhone 4. At just 1.3 pounds, it is lighter than the previous 1.5 pound iPad. It will carry the same starting price of $499 for the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi-only model.

The device will begin shipping in just over a week, on Friday, March 11, in the U.S., while 26 more overseas countries will get the device on March 25.

It also has rear and front facing cameras for recording video, taking photos, and FaceTime video chat. The new iPad also has a new A5 dual-core processor which offers up to 9 times faster graphics processing. Apple said the faster speeds of the new processor will not have any greater power consumption than the previous A4 processor.

iPad 2


The new iPad 2 will be available in two colors — black and white — and will be available on both AT&T and Verizon 3G networks from day one. It also sports the same 10-hour battery life.

iPad 2


A new accessory cable will also offer mirrored HDMI video out to HDTVs for 1080p high-definition output. The $39 cable allows users to charge their iPad while using the video out feature.

iPad 2


Another accessory announced by Apple is a magnetic "smart cover," which covers the front of the device. Covering the front of the device automatically locks the device, while taking it off will unlock it. Microfibers on the screen cover are said to clean the iPad 2 display, while magnets will automatically align the cover on the screen.

iPad 2


A video demonstrating the abilities of the case, including using it as a stand to prop up the iPad, was shown to the audience. Apple will sell a polyurethane version of its case for $39, and a leather version for $69.

iPad 2


Technical Specifications

    Models
    • Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi + 3G

    Size and Weight
    • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
    • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
    • Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
    • Weight: 1.33 pounds (601 g) Wi-Fi, 1.34 pounds (607 g) 3G

    Storage
    • 16GB
    • 32GB
    • 64GB

    Wireless and Cellular
    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
      Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
    • Wi-Fi + 3G model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • Wi-Fi + 3G for Verizon model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)

    Display
    • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
    • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
    • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
    • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

    Chip
    • 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

    Cameras, Photos, and Video Recording
    • Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
    • Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
    • Tap to control exposure for video or stills
    • Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi

    Power and Battery
    • Wi-Fi:
      • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
      • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
      • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

    • 3G:
      • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
      • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
      • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network
      • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

    Input/Output
    • 30-pin dock connector port
    • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
    • Built-in speaker
    • Microphone
    • Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

    Sensors
    • Three-axis gyro
    • Accelerometer
    • Ambient light sensor

    Location
    • Wi-Fi
    • Digital compass
    • Assisted GPS (3G only)
    • Cellular (3G only)

    Audio Playback
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
    • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
    • User-configurable maximum volume limit
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through with Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold separately)

    TV and Video
    • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (cables sold separately)
    • Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
    • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

    Mail Attachment Support
    • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

    Languages
    • Language support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France), German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Catalan, and Vietnamese
    • Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France), French (Canadian), French (Switzerland), German, Traditional Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin, Cangjie, Wubihua), Simplified Chinese (Handwriting, Pinyin, Wubihua), Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (Romaji, Ten Key), Japanese (Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Estonian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Latvian, Flemish, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malay, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Bulgarian, Serbian (Cyrillic/Latin), Catalan, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Macedonian, and Cherokee
    • Dictionary support (enables predictive text and autocorrect) for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese (Romaji), Japanese (Kana), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Flemish, Arabic, Thai, Czech, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Malaysian, Romanian, Slovak, Croatian, Catalan, Vietnamese, and Cherokee

    Accessibility
    • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
    • VoiceOver screen reader
    • Full-screen zoom magnification
    • White on black display
    • Mono audio

    Environmental Requirements
    • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
    • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
    • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

    Mac System Requirements
    • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
    • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
    • iTunes 10.2 or later recommended (free download from www.itunes.com/download)
    • iTunes Store account
    • Internet access

    Windows System Requirements
    • PC with USB 2.0 port
    • Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 10.2 or later recommended (free download from www.itunes.com/download)
    • iTunes Store account
    • Internet access

    In the Box
    • iPad
    • Dock Connector to USB Cable
    • 10W USB Power Adapter
    • Documentation

    Environmental Status Report - iPad embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:
    • Arsenic-free display glass
    • BFR-free
    • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
    • PVC-free
    • Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure


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