Apple Announces iPad 2

The long awaited announcement is here!

Apple has announced the new Apple iPad 2 – and iOS 4.3.

One year ago, Apple turned the computer industry upside down by introducing the first truly successful tablet.  Steve Jobs said it was “A magical product at an unbelievable price”. People laughed. However, since that time Apple has sold 15 million iPads in only 9 months – more than every other tablet PC sold in history. Many have declared that it as the fastest growing new product in history.

Steve Jobs also presented other statistics demonstrating Apple’s success illustrating why they have been so successful:

  • They have three online stores, that all use the same login account and one-click purchase process – iTunes, App Store (for the Mac and for the iPod/iPhone/iPad), and iBooks.
  • There are over 350,000 apps in the App store.
  • There are over 65,000 apps that take full advantage of the iPad. (Competitors launch with ~100).
  • Apple has sold 100 million iPhones.
  • Apple has sold 100 million books in the iBooks store.
  • To date, developers have been paid over $2 billion ($2,000,000,000) dollars for apps.
  • This is Apple’s third “Post-PC” product.  Each has been a blockbuster:  2001 – iPod, 2007 – iPhone, 2010 – iPad.
  • Apple has Retail stores built for this to roll out and answer questions.

There are many naysayers.  I know I was initially one of them. I heard “it has to be held to understand how magical it is”, but still I did not see why I needed to spend money on this when I already had an iPhone and a laptop computer. See my previous post: Get a New Laptop Or An iPad Then I received one as a gift.  Now I can’t put mine down. I love it.

Sure, there are now many competitors on the market, many of them are very good, but it is the overall package that has me sold on the iPad specifically.  Someday soon, I am sure one of the Android based tablets will be worthy, but that is not the case just yet. I love how easy it is to get approved apps that are tested on this device and therefore more stable.  Sure, occasionally a rogue failure gets through, but less than one that cannot be tested on every type of device out there.  Everywhere I look, there are iPhone/iPad specific apps.  The ones for the other devices usually follow later.

So what is new in the iPad 2?

Here is just list of what is new on the iPad 2. I will try to go into more details in each feature in a later post.

  • Thinner – 33% thinner (I think this is significant change, that you will notice.)
  • Lighter  – 15% lighter. (I do not think this is very significant.  You probably won’t notice it much.)
  • Faster – has a Dual-core A5 chip
  • Has two cameras – one on the front and one on the back. Supports FaceTime and can record HD video.
  • It also has a Gyro, and accelerometer, and a compass. Opens up for a lot of new apps, including pressure sensitive musical instruments.
  • A really cool new Smart Cover (See it in action.)

Along with these new physical changes, Apple also announced an upgrade to the operating system – iOS 4.3. It is not clear which of the new OS features will be supported on bot the original iPad and the iPad 2 or just the iPad 2.

So, my question to you is: Are you going to get one now? If you already have one, are you going to upgrade?

Cheers,
Richard

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