Apple said today the iPad 2, which is already on sale here in the United States, will be coming to 25 additional countries this Friday. It will be available in these additional markets at 5pm local time, as well as through Apple’s website beginning at 1am.
Countries that will see the iPad 2 include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Joining them in April, among other places, will be Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore.
In the eco department, the iPad 2 sports aspects which have become typical of Apple in all of its new computing products to date. These aspects include arsenic-free display glass, BFR and PVC free bodies, an energy efficient display and having an aluminum and glass enclosure said to be recyclable.
Also of note is the iPad 2′s new Smart Cover, which comes in a range of colors and is designed with a unique self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove. The Smart Cover, when flipped open, automatically awakens the iPad 2 from a sleep mode, putting it back into that same sleep mode when it is closed. This is noteworthy because it will help on conserving battery life on the device, which is said by Apple to be around 10 hours under typical use conditions.
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