The iPad 2

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The iPad 2 is the second generation of the iPad , a tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc.
It serves primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games and web content,
and is available in black or white. The Foxconn China-manufactured iPad 2 has a lithium-ion polymer
battery  that lasts up to 10 hours, a new dual core Apple A5 processor and VGA front-facing and 720prear-facing
cameras designed for FaceTime video calling.
Update:We’ve gotten our first hands-onwith the iPad 2 and, boy oh boy, it’s fast!
iPad 2 press shots

720p video recording at 30fps will be on tap from the rear-facing camera, which
can also do a 5x digital zoom if you’re into that kind of thing, whereas the front-facing
imager will record at a more modest VGA resolution, also at 30fps.There’s a new
cover for the device, which is best defined by Steve Jobs himself: “We designed
the case right alongside the product. It’s not a case– it’s a cover.” Basically, it’s a
magnetic flap that protects the front and automatically wakes and puts the device
 to sleep according to whether it’s open or closed. Guess we know what that
proximity sensor was about now. These Smart Covers will cost $39 in plastic or
 $69 if you opt for leather.The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor,
at a mindmelting 8.8mm, and a little lighter at just over 600g, while paintjob
options have been expanded: you’ll get a choice between white and black. It’ll be
available on both AT&T and Verizon, and all variants start shipping on March 11th.
Apple Retail Stores will start sales at the unusual hour of 5PM, which will probably
 make online pre-orders the fastest way to get yours.

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