Saturday, April 30, 2011

10 features about IPad 2

iPad 2
The new iPad 2 tablet features a dual-core processor called A5 and is slimmer and lighter than the earlier version. Apple's original iPad defined the tablet computer market and was swiftly followed by offerings from the tech industry's main players, from Samsung and Dell to BlackBerry maker RIM and Toshiba. 

Here are 10 things to know about the new iPad.

Slimmer & Lighter
New Apple iPad 2 is mere 8.8mm thin. "The new iPad 2 is actually thinner than your iPhone 4," said CEO Jobs during its US launch. "It is dramatically thinner, not a little thinner, a third thinner." 

It weighs 1.3 pounds (590 grams) down from 1.5 pounds. It is said to be 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter compared to its predecessor.

Same Display Size as of iPad 1

Apple iPad 2 retains iPad 1 screen size with 9.7-inch LED-backlit display. Also, iPad 2 has the same RAM as the iPad 256MB.

Front and Back Camera

iPad 2 features both front- and rear-facing video cameras to enable video chat. The back camera supports video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio. While on front there is VGA-quality still camera.

Nine times faster

Apple has used in-house designed dual-core 1GHz A5 system-on-chip processor. It would enable multi-tasking, video recording, FaceTime video calls and load apps faster. 

Apple claims that iPad 2 is dramatically faster due to its new A5 chip. According to the company, A5 doubles the speed, and graphic display by nine times.


iPad 2 comes with a SmartCover that has built-in magnets for a fit more than just protects. On closing Smart Cover, iPad automatically goes off to sleep. Open it, and iPad instantly wakes up (there is just no need to press any buttons). 

Also, SmartCover folds into a perfect typing stand. Its magnetic hinge holds iPad in place so that users can type quickly and comfortably. Is can also be set up for hands-free video calling or watching. 

Apple has also start selling its Smart Cover for iPad 2 in India. The cheapest version of the cover costs Rs 2,100.

Wireless Streaming

Apple iPad 2 is said to support wireless streaming of music, photos, and video to HDTV and speakers via AirPlay-enabled speakers or Apple TV (second generation) on a Wi-Fi network. 

The facility of wireless printing of email, photos, web pages, and documents from iPad2 is also claimed possible.

HDMI Adapter

iPad 2 offers 3G network support along with Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. There's also a new HDMI cable connector that promises 1080p HD video output when connected to the 30-pin dock connector port on the iPad 2. This means HDMI is not built into the iPad 2, users need to purchase a special HDMI Apple adapter to use it. 

HDMI adapter will work with iPad 1, iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod Touch.

RAM and Battery Life

While Apple has not given iPad 2's full specs, according to tablet's teardowns, it certainly has 512 MB of RAM. 

The battery life remains same as in iPad 1, 10 hours when in use and a month long stand by time. iFixit teardown reveals iPad 2's Li-Ion polymer battery made up of three cells and is rated at 3.8 volts, 25 watt-hours. This is slightly more than the original iPad's rating of 3.75 volts, 24.8 watt-hour.

White iPad is available

While white iPhone may have come now, Apple is shipping white iPad from the day one. As Jobs also jokingly said during iPad 2’s US launch, "And we are going to be shipping white from Day One." 

When Apple announced iPhone 4 last year, it showed off both black and white version of the smartphone. However, the company has only recently launched white iPhone 4.


The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will sell for a maximum retail price of Rs 29,500 (including VAT) for the 16GB model, Rs 34,500 for the 32GB model and Rs 39,500 for the 64GB model. iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a maximum retail price of Rs 36,900 for the 16GB model, Rs 41,900 for the 32GB model and Rs 46,900 for the 64GB model.

( Source : The Times of India )


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