If you’re big into gaming on the go with your iOS devices, or a tech fiend, or just like to have the latest and greatest fancy stuff to make your less fortunate friends jealous, you’ll be happy to know that the iPad 2 was announced today in San Francisco, by Steve Jobs himself. It’s drastically different than the original iPad in form, and faster in function. It will be available in the U.S. starting March 11, and will retail starting at $499 with 16GB of intersal storage (with 3G and larger versions available at a higher price point, of course).
The design of the iPad 2 has been redesigned to be much thiner, 33% thinner, to be precice. That makes it the thinnest iOS device, beating out the iPhone 4 even. It is also faster, including an A5 chip with dual-core processors. As far as gaming goes, this is great, because the faster the processor the more eye-popping the graphics that can be rendered on the system. Here are some other facts about the hardware.
- Same battery life as the original (approximately 10 hours)
- Rear- and front-facing cameras like the iPhone 4
- An iPhone and iPod style gyroscope.
- Lighter than the original iPad (down to 1.3 pounds)
- It comes in two colors: black and white (I’ll believe the white when I see it, Apple)
So, what do you think? Worth the upgrade if you already have a first-gen iPad? You won’t have to wait long, as the device ships in just over a week.