Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad 2, will hit stores Friday. The company debuted the tablet during a special Apple event March 2.
Here are some quick notes about the iPad 2:
It comes in two colors, white and black ,and runs on a new dual-core processor called A5. It now features a gyroscope in its new ultra-thin, light-weight, rounder body.
Some were disappointed when learning that the tablet still lacks a built-in USB port or a card reader.
The new iPad 2 models are available in 16, 32, and 64 GB versions, wireless and non-wireless. Data plans from both AT&T and Verizon are available.
The iPad 2 has the same 10-hour battery life as the original and one month of standby time. It will also cost the same as the first iPad, which starts as low as $499.
Software/Apps: The iPad 2 comes with a new operating system, iOS 4.3 and AirPlay streaming video.
** iMovie for iPad will cost $4.99 and is available Friday.
** Garage Band for iPad has touch instruments so users can play right on the iPad. It also will cost $4.99.
** An accessory cable for HDMI out is available for connecting the iPad to displays. It supports 1080p and rotation and it works with all apps. The $39 cable can also charge the iPad 2.
** Smart Covers — a bendable panel that covers the screen — are available for the iPad 2 from Apple. The magnetic cover can be folded and used to prop the iPad up. It wakes the iPad when it is rolled back and puts it to sleep when you close it.
** Cases: There are two case types — the polyurethane cases are $39 and the leather cases are $69. They come in many colors.
Learn more about the iPad 2 at www.apple.com/ipad.