Due to the ever increasing demand for tablets, led by the iPad, and much speculation over the last few months surrounding the iPad2, here is a rundown of what has and hasn’t changed.
The overall footprint of the iPad2 remains the same as the original iPad1. However, the thickness has been reduced by 4.6mm from 13.4mm to 8.8mm. Apple have also reduced the weight for all models:
- The WiFi model has been reduced from 680g to 601g
- The WiFi + 3G has been reduced from 730g to 613g
There has been no significant update to the screen which remains to be the same 9.7 inch LED backlit 1024 x 768 that the original iPad1 has. There is some speculation that Apple may have changed the VR SG535 power chip.
Apple has replaced the old 1Ghz single core processor with a super fast dual-core 1GHz A5 chip. There are also questions about whether Apple have used the same 512mb if RAM that they have included in the iPhone 4, but we’ll have to wait for the teardowns to find out more.
The options for storage have remained the same. You have a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.
The price remains unchanged for all models – iPad 2 starts at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model.
There are a few features that are new to the iPad 2:
- Front-facing VGA camera
- Rear-facing 720p camera
- New case that is attached by magnets and features a microfiber surface. This is an optional extra.
- HDMI output dongle. This is an optional extra.
Check out this Video from CNET UK to see just how slim the new iPad 2 is: