iPad 2 is (almost) Here! New iPad 2 Dock. New Pics.

  • Steve jobs appears!  He gets a standing ovation.  “Something great to announce today!”
  • 100 million iBooks downloaded so far.  Random House bringing 17000 books to the store.
  • 100 millionth iPhone recently shipped.  Yes.  That’s 100 million iPhones!
  • Now talking about the iPad.  15 million sold in 9 months, more than all other tablets put together.  $9.5B in revenue.
  • 350,000 Apps in the App Store.  iPad can utilise 65,000.  Competition have about 100!
  • Everybody has a tablet now. “2011: Year of the copycats?”
  • Since iPad 2 comes with cameras, there’s new software. Starts with Photo Booth.
  • Dual-core processor, up to 2x faster CPU. All out on graphics performance: up to 9x faster graphics.
  • A5 chip.
  • iPad 2 – all new design.
  • “This thing is wonderful!”
  • Same low power as A4 chip.
  • Front and rear-facing cameras and gyroscope.
  • Third thinner than first iPad – thinner than the iPhone 4!
  • 1.3lbs from 1.5lbs.
  • Black and white – white model shipping from Day One!

White iPad 2. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

Thickness Comparison. iPad 2 on the left. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

  • 10 hour battery life and a month of standby.
  • Same price.
  • 16GB, 32GB, 64GB models with or without 3G.
  • Ships March 11, March 25 in the UK.
  • HDMI Video Out – all Apps work up to 1080p.
  • New iPad 2 cover, “bends and folds around” and covers the screen, attaches via magnets.
  • New Cover either polyurethane or leather.  Self-aligning.
  • 5 PVC colours and 5 leather colours.  $39 and $69 each.
  • Comes with iOS 4.3.
  • 512MB RAM (same as the iPhone 4)
  • A5 processor features LPDDR2 memory @ 1,066Mhz

iOS 4.3

  • iOS 4.3 runs Javascript twice as fast.
  • iTunes Home Sharing.  Share all your media from your iOS device.
  • In iOS 4.3, if you’re sharing Photos, you can use built-in slideshow transitions from Apple TV right on your iOS device, and apps from the App Store and websites can now AirPlay video in addition to audio.
  • Preference for the iPad switch – either a mute or rotation switch.
  • Personal hotspot. Only works on the iPhone 4. Lets you share your iPhone’s 3G connection over Wi-Fi to other devices.
  • Since iPad 2 comes with cameras, there’s new software. Starts with Photo Booth.
  • iPad 2 can run 9 video streams at once!
  • FaceTime between two iPads, between an iPad and iPhone/iPod touch, and between iPad and a Mac.
  • iOS 4.3 on March 11.

New Apps

  • iMovie for iPad 2.  iMovie for iPad has a precision editor, multitrack audio recording (“This is not a toy, you can really edit movie on this thing”), new themes, AirPlay, share your videos in HD with popular sites, and its universal, so it will also run on iPhone.
  • Waveform views of audio clips in new iMovie for iPad.
  • 50 sounds effects in audio bin.
  • Three audio tracks in addition to background audio. In fact, you can record voice over right on top. Three new themes, with a total of 8.
  • Titles on stills, and face detection on stills.
  • Music automatically switches when you switch themes, but you can choose song from your iPod library, or choose one of the other theme’s music.
  • Share button lets you send to YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, and to iTunes.
  • $5 on App Store from March 11.
  • GarageBand for iPad!  NICE!!
  • Touch instruments. Plug in guitar and play real instruments if you want. Guitar amps and effects, 8 track recording and mixing, 250+ loops to add, and you can e-mail AAC file of your song, and it’s compatible with the Mac version.
  • Holy crap!  It’s got a sampler!!!
  • Piano gains sustain which you can lock.
  • Wow!  Velocity sensing keyboard.
  • Apple Store now UP with iPad 2.
  • Synth keyboard. If you tap and slide, it adds different expression.
  • Virtual Drum Kits.
  • THAT WHITE iPAD 2 IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS.
  • Smart Guitar brings up acoustic guitar. Pre-picks guitar chords. Just take your finger and strum a chord.

CLICK TO ENLARGE

  • Supports up to 8 tracks.  When Beatles recorded Sgt. Pepper, the best they could get was a 4-track that weighed 300 pounds and was the size of a washing machine!
  • Guitars connect with adaptor plugged into dock connector.
  • GarageBand $5 on March 11.

*UPDATE*

iPad 2 Dock to be made available:

Not sure on price yet.  In the US, recent buyers of the original iPad are being offered $100 against a new model.  The same could happen here too.

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