Apple has done it again with the iPad 2 – it has a dual-core A5 chip which is up to nine-times faster as well as two cameras for FaceTime communications and a self-cleaning cover which comes in a plethora of colors and magnetically attaches to the device which still boasts battery life of 10 hours. As usual with Apple, they think things through far better than other companies and their new cover also folds in a number of ways allowing it to double as a stand in both landscape and portrait modes.
The screen improves as well with LED-backlighting which is common on higher-end televisions. There is also a three-axis gyroscope which works in conjunction with the accelerometer and compass to give the software infinite information about what is happening with the device. Expect iPad gaming to get even better.
There is also video mirroring allowing you to easily connect your iPad to a TV – even if you don’t have an Apple TV – you just plug in a digital AV connector sold separately and you are good to go.
Moreover there is new movie editing and music software which makes it that much difficult for other tablet makers using Android to catch up with Apple’s decade-long multimedia advantage.
The iPad 2 is available on March 11 and starts at $499 – existing models will drop in price by $100 for now.