Jobs Unveils iPad 2

Apple’s visionary genius, Steve Jobs made an unscheduled appearance at today’s unveiling of the iPad 2 (3/2) at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Jobs, who has been on leave for health reasons, received a standing ovation.

Among the many technical announcements concerning the updated device, Jobs also noted that Random House was the most recent publisher to add its books to the iTunes digital storefront—more than 17,000 titles. Apple has sold over 100 million iPhones and in the past 9 months delivered over 15 million iPads.

The iPad operating system is also being updated to IOS 4.3 which will include face time video calling between mac computers, iPhones, iPads and the new iPod Touch.

iPad 2 will ship on March 11. It is one-third thinner than the original model and weighs 1.3 pounds. (iPad was 1.5 pounds.) Prices will be the same for the Wi-Fi and 3G models as with the previous models. Added features include front and rear facing cameras, a new A5 dual-core processor which greatly speeds graphic processing without draining battery additional power (10-hour life between charges). The iPad 2 will be available in black and white and work with both the AT&T and Verizon networks.

A new output cable allows mirrored HDMI video to be output to TVs for 1080p high-def output.


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