Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 tablet has finally been unveiled, but is it that much better than its predecessor?
The new iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It is powered by an Apple designed dual-core processor called the A5. The iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner (8.8mm) than the original, weighs 613g, and will come in both black and white models.
Apple claims the A5 processor doubles the speed of the iPad 2 compared to the original and makes graphics processing up to nine times faster. The screen resolution hasn't changed, and the iPad 2 doesn't get the Thunderbolt connector that was unveiled on the new MacBook Pro range.
Check out our full specification differences between the original iPad and the iPad 2 below:
Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2: Specifications
|Display technology||Capacitive IPS||Capacitive IPS|
|Display resolution||1024 x 768 pixels||1024 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||Apple A4 (1GHz)||Apple A5 (1GHz dual-core)|
|Rear camera||None||Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom|
|Front camera||None||Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera|
|3G networks (3G + Wi-Fi models)||HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz|
|Bluetooth||2.1 with A2DP||2.1 with A2DP|
|Battery life||Up to 10 hours||Up to 10 hours|
|Weight||680g (Wi-Fi), 730g (Wi-Fi + 3G)||601g (Wi-Fi), 613g (Wi-Fi + 3G)|
|HDMI-out||Yes, 720p (with optional Digital AV Adapter)||Yes, 1080p (with optional Digital AV Adapter)|
|Adobe Flash support||No||No|
The Apple iPad 2 will be available in Australia on March 25. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the iPad 2 is expected to cost the same as the original iPad.
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