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Released one year after the wonder that was the iPad the iPad 2 is the evolutionary step in the iPad lifeline that was expected. Boasting higher specs and a couple of new additions that keep the tablet world fresh, it is also the rebirth of an old technology that has been given some of that Apple magic…
The CPU is now a dual core 1GHz processor allowing almost double the performance for properly written apps. The RAM has also been double to 512 MB and the GPU has been rated as almost nine times as powerful. The screen remains the same size at 9.7in with the same resolution of 1024×768 (a 4:3 aspect ratio) and no other features have been removed from the original iPad such as Bluetooth, WiFi (a,b,g,n) and access to the Appstore to which there are now thousands of specially designed tablet apps.
What’s new though is the camera, two cameras in fact, one on the front and the other on the rear. The rear camera is only 0.7MP however it is capable of recording video at 720p. The front camera is for designed video phone calls, a technology that had tried to be a success when 3G phones first emerged. However Apple’s take on this has given new life to this technology thanks to Facetime which is an app that will allow you to speak and view any other Facetime user for free. Front facing cameras are now one again standard on high end phones an tablets and it’s all thanks to the iPad 2.
The most amazing thing about the iPad 2 is how they’ve managed to keep all the old features, add new features, double up on some of the specs yet still the size of the iPad 2 is slightly smaller than the iPad and is almost half as thin! It is also a good 15% lighter than the iPad. Don’t ask me how they’ve done that!