iPad 2 now available in the United States

One of the most talked about tablets over the last year has been the Apple iPad. Originally announced back in January 2010, the first real mass-produced tablet hit the markets with impressively positive reviews from all the major media outlets.

On March 2, Apple announced the next major release, the iPad 2. The refreshed iPad is now thinner, faster and slightly lighter than the original. The iPad 2 is just 8.8mm thick, thinner than the iPhone 4. The new model also comes with an A5 1Ghz dual-core processor and weighs 1.3lbs.

The new iPad comes with a front and rear-facing camera, for FaceTime with another iPad, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 4 or a Mac. The rear-facing camera takes both photos and 720p video, running the latest iOS 4.3 firmware.

The iPad 2 comes with an identical screen size and resolution (1024px x 768px) as the original. The iPad 2 will debut in 12 different SKU models, including a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB model, with the option to choose between a Wi-Fi-only or 3G model, and will be available in both black and white.

Apple promises a 10-hour usage battery life on Wi-Fi, 9-hours on 3G, and upto one month on standby. The iPad 2 also comes with a three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, GPS (3G model only), and 1080p mirror playback support when connected to an HDTV.

The iPad 2 is now available for online order and will be made available across the United States at 5:00 PM at the closest Apple store. The rest of the world will have to wait till March 25 to get their hands on the iPad 2.

For online or in-store purchasing, please visit www.apple.com/ipad for more information.

Don't forget that the iPad 2 cases come in 10 different styles, which come with built-in magnets that enable you to wake up and put it to sleep, simply by opening and closing the case.

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koimup90 said,
in line right now at apple 5th ave store in nyc now as i'm typing this!!!!

What's the price of the 16GB WiFi with all the taxes? I know someone going to New York soon and was wondering what price they could expect to pay with tax

AmpliFreQuency said,
Because a device that'll become obsolete in around a year is more important than what's going on in Japan right now, right?

/inb4 dis isa tek sit

This is a tech website. Simple as.

WiCkeD SaM said,

+1

SuperMoon is responsible for this disaster. Bad timing for Apple's iPad 2.

wrong. Apple's iPad 2 is responsible. it made Steve's ego get so big it has its own gravitational pull....

ILikeTobacco said,

wrong. Apple's iPad 2 is responsible. it made Steve's ego get so big it has its own gravitational pull....


Unkie Steve's ego was that big a long long time ago, before the iPadx was a twinkle in Apples' little eyes.

ir0nw0lf said,

Unkie Steve's ego was that big a long long time ago, before the iPadx was a twinkle in Apples' little eyes.

According to Apple haters, his ego has an exponential growth rate which means that it is big enough to start causing natural disasters.

hutchinson_1989 said,

This is a tech website. Simple as.


Because every time someone sends a sympathy thought or a prayer a house keeps standing still right? I you really care about it, you would be busy preparing stuff to send or organizing your friends to get some sort of help delivered to those people which by the way are sleeping in the streets right now; and of course you wouldn't have time to post this crap on a tech related story....Location, location, location dude, hypocritical posts belong to religious sites.

I am sorry to hear about the Massive Earthquake in Japan and all those who are affected. I did in fact order an ipad 2 via apple's website tonight. I passed on the original because I wanted a camera on it, finally got that. Not the greatest camera but still, can't wait to get this thing in hand.

lflashl said,
mean while MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN!!!!

Plenty of non tech news related sites if you want to read about the earthquake. Meanwhile, this is tech site, it doesn't cover real world news.

joemailey said,

Plenty of non tech news related sites if you want to read about the earthquake. Meanwhile, this is tech site, it doesn't cover real world news.

Yeah stuff is only made up here. Have a bit of compassion after this news, srsly.

joemailey said,

Plenty of non tech news related sites if you want to read about the earthquake. Meanwhile, this is tech site, it doesn't cover real world news.

Never been in the forums and saw the REAL WORLD NEWS section? ummm, ok then.

lflashl said,
mean while MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN!!!!

I agree. The only reason I found out about it is because of the "Google People finder story" ... I was like... what earthqake. To be fair though I did just wake up.

I know this is a tech site, but I think large events should be on the front page.

warwagon said,

I agree. The only reason I found out about it is because of the "Google People finder story" ... I was like... what earthqake. To be fair though I did just wake up.

I know this is a tech site, but I think large events should be on the front page.

+1 this is better large, there is more to the world than tech news, and events like these should be fount page!

What about walmart, best buy and the other places where they're supposed to distribute the ipad 2, they will have it for sale at 5:00 PM??

Where else can I get one instead of the Apple Stores?