Despite being on medical leave, Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs made it a point to be the master of ceremonies as Apple unveiled their next generation iPad – the iPad 2. Although the presentation was about the iPad 2, it was the surprise appearance of Steve Jobs that garnered a standing ovation amongst the audience.
Apple released the first iPad in April of 2010 and has created a buzz amongst skeptics and critics saying there is no room in the market for such a device. To the dismay of the skeptics, by the end of 2010, Apple managed to sell 14.8 million iPads globally and has generated them over $9.5 billion in revenue. To this day, Apple holds 90% of the tablet PC market while their competitors are struggling to get a bigger piece of the pie. However, with the release of the iPad 2 this March 2011, Apple has just stabilized their portion of the market yet even further.
The iPad 2, as rumored in my previous post iPad 2 Rumors, comes with front and rear facing camera which means it will be supporting FaceTime. It also comes equipped with an A5 dual core chip which is double the processing speed and up to 9x faster graphics than its predecessor. Another feature that the iPad 2 boasts will be its ability to handle mirrored 1080p output though a proprietary cable.
The iPad 2 will be thinner than your iPhone 4, has 10 hours of battery life, and weighs in at just 1.3 pounds. Thinking about it makes me wonder how they managed to cram all that technology into that little package.
Overall, the iPad 2 will be faster, thinner, lighter, and better. The great news – you can get the iPad 2 for the same price as that of the first iPad. It not only exceeds the performance of the dubbed “copycats,” but it also puts a stronghold on Apple’s domination towards the tablet PC market.
What do you think of the new Apple iPad 2? Please feel free to comment. Thanks for stopping by!
*iPad 2 – photo credit by Engadget.com