IPad 2 and IPad Compared

Just a scant year after the iPad’s original release into the wild, Apple returned Wednesday with a brand-new, upgraded beast to beat it-the iPad 2. During the keynote, Steve Jobs promised a lot of things for the new device, but what exactly has changed beneath that uni-body hood? Surprisingly, a lot:
To start with, the screen is still the same. The 9.7 inch LED-backlit 1024 x 768 display is present in both the older iPad and the iPad 2, and both are capable of crisp 720p playback. WiFi and Bluetooth are also present in both, and there is no difference in functionality between the connectivity available on each device. And finally, both the iPad and the iPad 2 will be available in 16, 32, and 64 gigabyte models. Why no change in memory space? According to PC Mag, this decision was probably made to keep costs low.

While we’re still talking similarities, it’s worth noting that the pricing model for the iPad 2 will be the same as the iPad when it first launched a year ago. WiFi only models of Apple’s tablet will be available for $499, $599, and $699 for the 16 gigabyte, 32 gigabyte, and 64 gigabyte versions respectively. Pricing for these memory models, plus 3G internet, will be $629, $729, and $829.

Surprisingly, especially considering the iPad launched only just a year ago, that’s where the similarities end. The iPad 2 will be a whole 4.6 millimeters thinner than the original Apple tablet, and will weigh almost 80 grams less. Despite the slimming down, the iPad 2 will still feature a full 10-hours of battery life, as well as boasting a new, unspecified graphics processor (the amount of RAM has also been left unspecified, though one can assume more is present). According to Apple’s developers, the new addition the Apple family will carry up to 9 times better graphics than its predecessor. Likewise, the new A5 dual-core processor is warranted to be 3 times faster than the original, single-core offering in the iPad. Also notable in the iPad 2 is the ability to connect to Verizon’s CDMA network for 3g access. However, consumers cannot connect to both AT T; and Verizon: They will have to pick when purchasing their iPad.

The most notable addition to the Apple slate, aside from the internal specs, are the two cameras present in the device. On the front, the iPad 2 will feature a VGA camera designed to compliment apps like FaceTime and Photo Booth. In the back, the tablet will feature a 720p camera capable of shooting HD video for use with iMovie on the tablet. .

By all indications, the new iPad 2 by Apple will be lighter, thinner, and much faster than its predecessor, all while featuring the same 10-hour battery life and two new cameras. The iPad 2 will begin shipping March 11th, and is not available for pre-order. Apple has also put its original iPad on sale, for those looking to get a cheaper, thicker version of the device.

Vlad Savov, “iPad 2 vs. iPad.” Engadget
David Chartier, “AT T;, Verizon iPad 2 Plans Compared.” MacWorld

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