A little over a year or so after it first introduced the hot selling iPad, Apple took to the retail streets again this week with word of the iPad 2. Slated for release on March 11, this successor to Apple’s popular tablet device will range in price from around $500 upwards to $830, depending upon memory size and wireless technologies (3G, Wi-Fi, 3G/Wi-Fi) built in.
Apple says the iPad 2 ups the game from its original iPad by, among other things, being nearly a third thinner in size and up to 15 percent lighter. It will still sport a 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen, but also has a new dual core A5 processor to deliver what Apple says is faster performance. It will be available in black or white body color choices, sport two cameras for video conferencing or digital photo taking and will be compatible with either AT&T or Verizon’s wireless 3G data networks. This last feature is dependent upon who you buy the iPad 2 from.
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.