iPad 2 unveiled at GDC

Friends with a MacHead? Now may be the time to cut ties.  Apple has lifted the curtain off its new iPad 2, and if the reported specs and features arrive as advertised, Steve Jobs' new toy is going to have Apple enthusiasts making a lot of noise.

Revealed today by Jobs himself at Apple's GDC press conference, the iPad 2 sports a 33% thinner design and a 15% lighter weight than its predecessor. You can also expect both front- and rear-facing cameras with a revamped gyroscope for all your, uh, gyroscoping needs. Inside, the next generation tablet is powered by a meaty 1.2GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor which Jobs said will be double the speed and offer nine times more graphical oomph than the original iPad's A4 processor. Despite the extra power, however, Jobs claimed the battery life would remain at 10 hours.

Steering away from the hardware, Jobs delved into the iPad 2's updated iOS 4.3 system which will enhance features like FaceTime and increase web functionality. Demos for newly upgraded GarageBand and iMovie programs were also shown.

At launch, the iPad 2 will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors, with the price structuring mirroring that of current generation iPads. Specifically, lower end models will start at US $499, and the higher end models will reach US$829. They will be also available in black or white; you know, in case color is a major factor for you. 

After the big reveal, Apple also showed off its new ultra-thin, magnetic iPad Smart Cover and an HDMI-out connector cable that allows the iPad 2 to make sweet, sweet high-fidelity love to your HDTV.

So, yeah. New iPad. Huzzah! Oh, you want a release date, too? Geez. Always so demanding. If you must know, the iPad 2 is expected to hit the Apple Store on March 11th in the US and March 25th in 26 other markets including Canada and the UK.

[Source: MacLife ]

Mar 2, 2011

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  • thedudecalledpj - March 3, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    And award to the most useless piece of technology this year goes to the Ipad AGAIN.
  • Unoriginal - March 3, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    Wow, he just spat in the face of everyone who bought an iPad. Has it even been a year since the original hit the market?
  • NanoElite666 - March 3, 2011 5:46 a.m.

    Jeez, I didn't think the iPad had been out long enough for them to make another one yet.
  • Spybreak8 - March 3, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    Lol specs for a PC and specs for a tablet are kinda Fed up. I mean you'd think it was awesome with those specs, for a tablet, until you realize in the PCs range that blows. Yet people will buy it because it will be marketed with a song from Satan's piano!
  • theintellectual - March 3, 2011 2:16 a.m.

    Alright! A new novelty sized ipod touch!
  • OddWoN ER - March 3, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    considering how i dont have an ipod or handheld gaming thing. and i be needing a computer like thing.... might pick one up eventually... sure its not a deal. but since i have use for much of its functionality w/o something that currently does its job...well yeah.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 3, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    Make it an actual computer, then we'll talk. It's pretty cool games-wise, and it's got most of the essential apps for a computer, but... it's just not there yet. Don't get me wrong, I fucking want this thing, just not as much as, say the NGP.
  • - March 2, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    Ya... till this thing gets a totally new operating system and not just a copy of the iphone's its a fucking waste.
  • lilbuddha - March 2, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    captcha: himself. cumsfe Anyways, Steve Jobs looks like a skeleton, surely to die soon. The Ipad2 just isn't doing it for me...I'm waiting on a quality COLOR E-Ink reader (which can also surf internet). I'm guessing it'll be another year or so though...
  • sidweyz - March 2, 2011 11:08 p.m.

    Who needs flash when you have Angry Birds?
  • MkLangley - March 2, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    I wonder if this one lets you upload pics from the device. the ipad was such a disappointment.
  • Baron164 - March 2, 2011 10:55 p.m.

    $500 = Brand new 360 with Kinect and a game or two, or a Brand new laptop from Best Buy or Newegg that will be 10x more usefull than the iPad and be upgradeable which is apparently a dirty word at Apple. Why would they let people upgrade their devices when they can just get them to buy new ones every year.
  • tiben36 - March 2, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    cool! my flying monkeys will have new typewritters to write the best story in the history of jupiter
  • Grif - March 2, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    As a long time Apple user and an iPad owner I can tell you this: Fuck. That. Shit. I'm serious as cool as the iPad looks, it's pretty much completely useless. It's a fun toy, but not something you actually want to buy.
  • TheCanuck - March 2, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    God isn't Steve Jobs dead yet?
  • elchetos - March 2, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    Never underestimate the stupidity of an apple fanboy... And you thought PS3 fanboys were anoying
  • Redeater - March 2, 2011 10:33 p.m.

    @chrisat928 $500 - $830 to surf the internet without flash my friend. Worth it don't you think?
  • chrisat928 - March 2, 2011 10:31 p.m.

    $500 - $830? How fucking retarded are people?
  • Redeater - March 2, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    "Go waste your money you dumb shits" lol, still one of my fav quotes.

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