Apple unveiled the iPad 2 which is lighter and thinner than its predecessor,
iPad 2 features a new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.
According to Apple the iPad 2 will deliver up to 10 hours of battery life, and will be available in black or white.
New features including faster Safari mobile browsing performance; iTunes Home Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice to use the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute audio; and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.
Additional iPad 2 features include a built-in gyro for gaming; HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds and HDMI Video Mirroring that lets users mirror their iPad screen on an HDTV using an optional adaptor.
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available on March 11 for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model.
iPad 2 will be available globally on March 25, but South Africa is not included in this release schedule. Apple added that “further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.”