It’s official – the iPad 2 is here and it’s set to be huge no matter what you think of the changes. Any new iPad description will tell you it’s available in both black and white, with an all-new camera. But how much has really changed since the original iPad? Here’s a guide to some of the key features of both models.
Any iPad description you read will make note of the new slimmer size for the iPad 2, and it’s one of the bigger features that Apple are promoting. The differences are very small, though anything that improves portability is useful for a device like this. If you’re used to the old iPad, you’ll probably notice the changes.
* iPad 1: 9.56 inches
* iPad 2: 9.50 inches
* iPad 1: 7.47 inches
* iPad 2: 7.31 inches
* iPad 1: 0.50 inches
* iPad 2: 0.34 inches
* iPad 1 Wi-Fi Only: 1.5 pounds
* iPad 2 Wi-Fi Only: 1.33 pounds
* iPad 1 Wi-Fi + 3G: 1.6 pounds
* iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G: 1.35 pounds
* iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G For Verizon: 1.34 pounds
Display And Storage
Both of these aspects of the iPad are easy to compare between the versions: they have stayed the same. Both the iPad 1 and iPad 2 have a 9.7 inch LED-backlit glossy display with 1024 by 768 pixel resolution, and both models come with the same storage options (16GB, 32GB and 64GB in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G).
One huge new addition to the iPad 2 is a camera! Not just one camera, in fact, but two! The back camera can be used for HD (720p) video recording up to 30 frames per second with audio, or as a still camera with 5x digital zoom. The front camera is designed for face to face video calls, can record VGA up to 30 frames per second, and take VGA-quality still images. Photos and videos can be geotagged over a Wi-Fi connection.
Battery life is essential for any highly portable device, so some people might be disappointed to hear that this is one area Apple haven’t improved on for the iPad 2 – however, with the new features, it’s good to know that battery life hasn’t taken a hit. Battery life still sits at 10 hours on Wi-Fi or 9 hours when using 3G.
New Inputs For The iPad 2?
The iPad 2 features all of the inputs of the iPad 1 (the 3.5mm headphone minijack, built in speakers, microphone, SIM card tray for the Wi-Fi + 3G model and the 30-pin dock connector port). Unfortunately there are still no USB ports and no SD card ports which may disappoint some people.
What Else Has Changed?
Some other changes include the upgrade to the 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor from the original 1GHz Apple A4 processor. This means that the iPad 2 will run faster than the original model.
The iPad 2 also includes a new gyroscope as well as the accelerometer of the iPad 1. What this means is improved motion sensing accuracy, the ability for the iPad to know the direction you’re moving in space, and how fast you’re moving it. This has great potential for more accurate motion sensor based games or apps.
Lastly, the iPad 2 comes with the latest operating system: iOS 4.3. This brings a number of new features, namely improved streaming capabilities to devices around the home with iTunes Home Sharing, faster browsing and more.
All in all, the new iPad description seems to suggest that the iPad 2 is going to be sleeker and faster than before, with the huge bonus of a new camera for those who want to shoot photos, videos, or hold video calls on the road. Whether the changes wow you or disappoint you will depend on exactly what you’re looking for in the iPad. The good news is that it isn’t going to cost any more than the original iPad model did on release!