Apple iPad 2 launch official following Steve Jobs unveiling

Updated iPad tablet official with imminent UK release

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Second-gen Apple iPad officially unveiled at Apple conference

Apple has officially unveiled the iPad 2, ending months of speculation and rumour around the eagerly awaited device.

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Unveiled by CEO Steve Jobs despite the Apple front man currently undertaking his third medical leave of absence since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2004, the iPad 2, which will be available in both black and white colour options, will feature a number of the widely expected hardware additions.

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Off the bat the front and rear facing cameras that were seemingly a given are now official with a rear-mounted camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities to be joined by a VGA front-mounted offering. Also widely expected, the new iPad will support Apple’s FaceTime video calling technology that through the front-facing camera will allow users to communicate face-to-face with other iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac owners

Giving the iPad 2 a hefty speed boost the second-generation Apple tablet will come equipped with the all new Apple A5 processor, a 1GHz dual-core processor that will after twice the CPU power and nine times faster graphics than the original iPad whilst not adding additional drain to the device’s 10 hour battery life.

Set to launch in the US on March 11th with the same prices as the original iPad kicking off at $499 before touching down in the UK two weeks later on March 25th, the iPad 2 will sport an all new form factor having shaved off precious millimetres and grams. Measuring in at just 8.8mm thick (compared to the 13.4mm original iPad and 9.3mm iPhone 4) the iPad 2 will weigh just 1.3 pounds (589grams), 0.2 pounds lighter than the original.

Launching complete with the newly announced iOS 4.3 that will see the return of the physical rotation lock button, the iPad 2 will attempt to emulate the market dominating success of its predecessor, a success that saw the original iPad control more than 90 percent of the tablet market and caused Steve Jobs to describe other brands tablets and 2011 as the “Year of the copycats.”

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