Apple iPad 2 to sell for $499 from March 11; iOS 4.3 brings a number of goodies

Sharper Apple iPad 2


Just as announced, Apple has introduced the iPad 2 today and surprisingly it is having all new completely new design and some improved hardware. Users won’t be feeling like it’s lacking for features. It comes with a faster A5 processor, new ultra-fast graphics, and two cameras—one front-side camera for FaceTime video chat. It’s even thinner than iPhone 4, measuring 8.8 mm. There are two versions of the iPad 2: a black one, and a white one.

Apple announced that its both the new iPad 2 (Black and White versions)will become available in stores and online beginning March 11. It’s capable enough for multi-tasking, video recording, FaceTime video calls and loads Apps faster. iPad 2 goes a little further with screen mirroring of up to 1080p with the help of its dual-core A5 chip. Apple has added three-axis gyrometer along with accelerometer in the iPad 2 for better gaming. The side switch will now offer users two options – Mute or Rotation lock.

Check out the Full Specifications Of Apple iPad 2.

iOS 4.3

Apple iPad 2 runs blazingly fast with Dual-core 1GHz A5 processor, which is "up to two times faster" than the previous version and it gives up to 9 times the graphical power, sporting the 9.7" screen diagonal and the XGA resolution (1024 x 768 pixels). iPad runs on the all latest iOS 4.3, which lets the user share GSM iPhone 4’s internet connection with iPad too – Personal Hotspot for up to five devices is finally here. AirPlay has also received an update, now able to stream home movies from your Photos app via Apple TV, and even from AirPlay-enabled websites. The new iOS brings JavaScript rendering, iTunes Home Sharing to stream media from your computer to your iDevice.

AirPlay now supports apps from the AppStore. The new iOS 4.3 doubles the JavaScript performance of the Safari web browser by Nitro JavaScript engine, including the ability for App Store apps to share audio and video. The iOS 4.3 will be Free on March 11th on iPad, iPhone (GSM), and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen).

Apple iPad 2 FaceTime Video Chat

The Apple iPad 2 will also come in CDMA and EV-DO flavor, which will be available through Verizon in the US. 3G versions will be compatible with AT&T’s and Verizon’s networks.

Price & Availability

The Apple iPad 2 will come on March 11 to the US, and the 3G model will be available on both AT&T and Verizon networks. Internationally, the intro date will be March 25 in 26 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and UK. Check out the pricing details here at below.

  • # 16GB, Wi-Fi: $499
  • # 32GB, Wi-Fi: $599
  • # 64GB, Wi-Fi: $699
  • # 16GB, Wi-Fi and 3G: $629
  • # 32GB, Wi-Fi and 3G: $729
  • # 64GB, Wi-Fi and 3G: $829

Apple’s forthcoming Digital AV Adapter will cost you $39.

[Source: Apple]

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