Surprise, surprise! That's right Steve Jobs did make it to the Apple event today in San Francisco, and to be honest he looked just fine, still very skinny though. But the keynote was great with him that's for sure, and that's not to say there was a whole crowd applauding him.

Now let's get on with the real stuff: The iPad 2. Apple today made yet another breakthrough in technology and yet again this time the iPad 2 will prove tough to other competitors. Why you ask? Well lets take a look at the features.

The new iPad features:

  • New Apple A5 Processor chip (Dual Core)
  • 33% Thinner design
  • Dual cameras for video conferencing
  • 9X faster graphics
  • Built in Gyroscope
  • 10 hour battery life, over 1 month standby! 
  • Available in Black and White
  • Same prices as previous iPad's. 
  • 3G offered on both AT&T and Verizon
So looking at all these features there seems to be no compromise in power, as Apple claims the new graphics power will come in very handy for the over 60,000 applications on the App store. What Apple also introduced today was the Garageband App! For $4.99 on the app store, so the iPad is becoming more of a workhorse and a gamers machine at the same time!

The introduction of the two colours is also quite nice, provides people with a bit of choice and the design being even thinner looks just stunning. The two cameras will yet again function very well with both the iPod Touch and iPhone, so making calls can also be much fun on the bigger screen.

Now the big boy in the specs is the new A5 chip! If you thought the A4 was fast, then get ready to look at the A5 chip as it will perform even better, faster and will be required for more intensive games, applications found on the app store in the future. But the good thing is that the current A5 chip will still be as power conserving as the A4 chip.

All in all yet another great keynote, and it was great to see Steve Jobs. The iPad is not available for order, so you will have to pick one up from the Apple store, so this means that the iPad 2 will be available in the US on March 11th and a few other countries such as UK, Canada, France, Germany on March 25th.

For more information, don't forget to check out the official Apple iPad page. Apple iPad 2nd Generation

Here is also a video of Steve Jobs unveiling the iPad 2. All credits for this video go to Cnet.

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