In the warm-up to the iPad 2 announcement, Steve Jobs took the stage in Apple's press event today (yes, Steve!).
He said that Apple has sold 100 million iPhones- wow. They've also sold 15 million iPads in the product's 9 months of existence on retail shelves. There are 65,000 iPad apps on the App Store today.
Apple hit 1 million book downloads in iTunes, and they've finally got Randon House on board (Random House just announced they'll go with the agency pricing model).
Jobs then seemed a bit on the defensive which is unusual for Apple. He used the Samsung Galaxy Tab misqoute that was corrected on the Net quite some time ago to prove Galaxy Tab sales ain't all that. Then he picked on Android OS Honeycomb's mere 100 apps when that OS has been on the market for less than a week. We didn't exactly see thousands of iPad apps on the market in week 1 of that product launch.
OK, on to the iPad 2!
It has a new design (no surprise), and Apple's A5 dual core CPU that Apple says is up to 2x faster than the iPad's A4 CPU. It's up to 9x faster for graphics according to Jobs.
It has front and rear cameras for a little video recording and chatting action. The iPad 2 does FaceTime, and you can FaceTime with other iPad 2 tablets, iPhones, Ipod Touch and Macs (if you have the 99 cent Mac app). Not has universal as Skype video chat or Gtalk video chat, but we'll take it. There's also PhotoBooth for the iPad 2.
It's 33% thinner than the iPad and measures 8.8mm, which is slimmer than the 9.3mm iPhone 4. The iPad 2 weighs 1.3 lbs. vs. the 1.5 to 1.6 lb. first gen iPad.
Battery life is the same as the original iPad at a claimed 10 hours. No complaints here.
Surprise: there's an HDMI out option now via $40 cable. The iPad will mirror out via HDMI. Nice. The pricing matrix remains the same as the first gen iPad, with the iPad 2 WiFi 16 gig model at $499 and the top of the line WiFi + 3G 64 gig iPad 2 at $829. The iPad is available in Verizon and AT&T flavors.
The new iPad 2 will go on sale March 11 in the US and March 25 overseas.