Apple's iPad 2 in pictures

Available in the Australia from March 25

  • The new iPad 2 Smart Cover is designed to protect the iPad screen and maintain the device's thin and lightweight profile. It has a self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove, and automatically wakes iPad 2 when it’s opened and puts it to sleep when it’s closed. It also uses a microfibre lining to help keep the screen clean.

    Watch [[artnid:378511|Steve Jobs introduce the iPad 2]].

  • New front and rear cameras lets users make FaceTime calls to iPhone 4, iPod touch and Mac users via Wi-Fi. Watch [[artnid:378511|Steve Jobs introduce the iPad 2]].

  • The Smart Cover also folds into a stand for typing or viewing videos and is available in polyurethane or leather in a range of colours. Funds from the sale of the red cover will help support the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. Watch [[artnid:378511|Steve Jobs introduce the iPad 2]].

  • The iPad 2's new design is 33 per cent thinner and up to 15 per cent lighter than the original iPad, with the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, allowing iPad users to use Apple's FaceTime feature - something that was previously only available on the iPhone. Apple is claiming up to 10 hours of battery life, depending on settings, usage and other factors. Watch [[artnid:378511|Steve Jobs introduce the iPad 2]].

  • Apple also launched the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 4.3. New features include faster Safari mobile browsing with the Nitro JavaScript engine; iTunesHome Sharing; enhancements to AirPlay; the choice of using the iPad side switch to either lock the screen rotation or mute the audio; and the Personal Hotspot feature for sharing an iPhone 4 mobile data connection over Wi-Fi.

    “With more than 160 million iOS devices worldwide, including over 100 million iPhones, the growth of the iOS platform has been unprecedented,” said Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs,

    iTunes Home Sharing allows iOS 4.3 users to play music, movies and TV shows on an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch® from their iTunes library on a Mac or PC over a local Wi-Fi network.

    iOS 4.3 will be available to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users as a free software update on Friday, 11 March. It is compatible with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and third and fourth generation iPod touch.

    Watch [[artnid:378511|Steve Jobs introduce the iPad 2]].

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