iPad 2 Official – Available in Black and White from March 11 2011

It’s all official!

Was it worth the “song and dance“?

With Steve Jobs walking on stage declaring “We’ve been working on this project for a while, and I just didn’t want to miss this” the iPad 2 was announced.

The event was as buzzy as usual and as soon as everyone was told to switch off their phones one thing was on the crowds mind. iPad 2 – what will the changes be?

Well – let me tell you…

It’ll be available in black and white from the start as well as playing nice with AT&T and Verizon from day one!

One of the most startling things about the ipad 2 — it’s dramatically thinner. 1/3 thinner – 13.4 mm down to 8.8mm. It also weighs less than an iPhone 4!

The iPad 2 also comes with HDMI mirrored video output which can be squirted onto your big telly via the $39 HDMI cable.

I’m in a flurry watching the other other announcements but here’s a quick slice for you hungry Gadgety readers 🙂

Display
9.7-inch LED with a 1024×768 pixel res with that anti-fingerprint coating – no Retina Display this time.

Processor
A5 1GHz dual core system-on-a-chip

Cameras
Rear: video recording HD (720p) up to 30 fps still has 5x zoom
Front: VGA up to 30 fps

Sensors
3 axis gyroscope
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor

Smart Case
“The Smart Cover and iPad 2 were made for each other. Literally. Built-in magnets draw the Smart Cover to iPad for a perfect fit that not only protects, but also wakes up, stands up, and brightens up your iPad. That’s not just smart. It’s genius.” $39 for polyurethane and $69 for leather.

The iPad 2 will be available in the US on March 11th and the UK, Canada, Europe and a load of other places on March 25th.

The prices are as the original iPad – starting at $499.

WiFi Only iPad Pricing
16 GB – $499
32 GB – $599
64 GB – $699

WiFi + 3G iPad Pricing
16 GB – $629
32 GB – $729
64 GB – $829

The iPad site on the Apple store has been refreshed so have a looksee here.

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