Is iPad2 Worth an Upgrade?

The second-generation iPad from Apple called iPad2 is officially out on March 1st. But is it worth an upgrade? Lets explore. Flashing features include a 1GHz dual-core A5 chip, yes man – its dual core. This time Apple had listened to its users and not one camera but two cameras, both on the front and rear are built into the iPad2. The new processing unit of the iPad2  is twice faster than its predecessor, with graphics performance approximately ten times better than on the original iPad. The icing to the cake is that the power requirements of the new iPad2 are however same as the old one meaning same backup time. Battery life is, consequently, unaltered, with Apple promising 10 hours.

iPad 2 Upgradability

iPad 2 Hardware Improvements

The new tablet will come with an HDMI output capable of 1080p — which will set you back $39 for the requisite dongle, called an Apple Digital AV Adapter — but there will sadly be no rumblings of Thunderbolt connectivity here. What you will get is an enlarged speaker grille on the back, as expected, and the same 1024 x 768 resolution and IPS LCD screen technology as on the original iPad.

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 mind-melting 8.8mm, and a little lighter at just over 600g, while paint job options have been expanded. Now,  you 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.

iPad 2 Software Improvements

In terms of new software, Apple’s launching iOS 4.3 alongside the new iPad and bringing with it much improved Safari performance as well as FaceTime, Photo Booth, iMovie and GarageBand (the latter two costing $4.99 a piece) apps specifically for the newly camera-enriched iPad. Personal Hotspot capabilities are also arriving in the latest version of the OS, but they’ll be exclusive to the iPhone 4, so you won’t be able to share your 3G iPad’s connection. The minimum compatible version of iTunes for the new iPad 2 will be the freshly released 10.2.

Price of iPad2

Pricing is unchanged, starting at $499 for a 16GB WiFi-only iPad 2 and stretching up to $829 for a WiFi + 3G SKU with 64GB of storage.

iPad 2 Same Pricing

Watch it for yourself – iPad 2 Videos

Though on medical leave, Apple CEO Steve Jobs stepped into spotlight to show off the iPad2 tablet.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b661ovU1rPU

Smartcover for the iPad 2

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naVZDRcI0p4

iPad2 – Is it worth an upgrade?

With much improved hardware yet the same prices as the last generation iPad, Apple wiull continue being the leader in the tablet arena.  iPad 2 definitely looks like a worthy upgrade over the original iPad.  Though still we did not get everything we wish like a SD card reader, retina display, etc but Apple has to keep some things for future hardware updates.  I am very excited about iPad 2 and will have much more on iPad 2 in the days and weeks to come.  Now I just have to decide which color iPad 2 should I get for me.