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With the iPad 2’s launch upon us we’ve been receiving tons of questions on what the differences are between this new second generation and the now much cheaper original iPad. Is the iPad 2 really worth it? Well, before you go out to wait in line for hours this weekend read on to make sure you know exactly what you’re waiting for.
As you’ve probably figured, right now is probably the worst possible time to buy any Apple product. In today’s version of the now daily major Apple rumor we have a rumored Apple press event date for next Wednesday, March 2nd for a very special announcement– the long-awaited iPad 2. This rumor comes from a pretty powerful and well-connected source– the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D blog– so we’re very inclined to believe its got some truth to it.
Just as a quick recap on what to expect in the iPad 2. The rumors here are that it will have: 2 cameras– one on the back and a second on the front for FaceTime video chat, faster processor and more RAM for speed (to keep up with the very fast Android tablets on the way), SD card slot built-in (this is huge considering the first iPad needed you to buy a separate $30 piece for this), higher-res screen (debate on whether it will match the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, but regardless it should be much better), better speaker (much-needed if you ask us– the first iPad’s speaker was decent but could use a lot of improvement), thinner design, and even possibly a USB type port in addition to the usual Apple USB connector.
Again, these are all only just rumors for now– but all should be revealed soon enough. And make sure to check back here next week where we’ll have everything you need to know about whatever Apple decides to announce.
UPDATE: And it’s officially an iPad event as you can see from the official invite above. Make sure to check back here next week for all the info on what goes down.
Are you ready for possibly one of the biggest (if not the biggest) tech launches of the year? Have you been desperately waiting to get your hands on an iPad ever since it was announced in January? My friends, that wait is almost over (at least for the WiFi-only version anyway) as Apple today announced that pre-orders on this exciting new tablet will begin next week on the 12th, with a full release of the WiFi version coming early next month, on Saturday April 3rd.
The WiFi+3G version of the iPad will launch later in April, while our international friends in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can pick theirs up in late April as well.
- 16GB WiFi only — $499
- 32GB WiFi only — $599
- 64GB WiFi only — $699
- 16GB WiFi + 3G — $629
- 32GB WiFi + 3G — $729
- 64GB WiFi + 3G — $829
So, anyone getting ready to pre-order some iPad “magic”?
Last week we covered exactly what the iPad is, now let’s take a closer look at some of the accessories Apple plans on rolling out alongside the new device. Apple announced 5 main accessories along with the iPad; let’s take a close look at what exactly they are:
- Keyboard Dock– This is a must have add-on in my book—a dock that props up your iPad for ideal vertical view, as well as including a full-sized, physical QWERTY keyboard. The dock, which comes with a keyboard very similar to the Apple wireless Bluetooth keyboards for Macs, also gives you a iPod 30 pin connector for syncing with your computer, charging, or using other add-ons like the ones below, as well as an audio jack let’s you connect to better speakers if you want. If you plan to use the iPad as, say, your computer in school for taking notes or writing papers (for example, using the Pages app), this truly is a must-have, even at it’s price of $69.
- iPad Case– This is Apple’s case for the iPad, that not only protects the screen while keeping it usable for typing and, well just using the device, it also has a built-in stand that can be used in many different ways, such as setting on a table for viewing slide shows or videos. The iPad Case will be priced at $39, though we’re sure there will be many other cases coming out for much less than that.
- iPad Dock– Pretty much the Keyboard Dock, minus the keyboard. It’ll cost $29.
- iPad Camera Connection Kit– This takes the regular iPod dock connector on the iPad and turns it into either a USB port or SD card slot for importing pix from your digital camera right to your iPad. This is some of the most basic functions found on even the cheapest netbooks and we would’ve really liked Apple to have put both of these into the iPad from the outset, but I guess thinness has it’s price. The price for this add-on kit is also $29.
There also is an extra power adapter for charging off of a regular outlet (with a greater range, thanks to a 6-foot cable) and a VGA connector for hooking this up to a computer screen or TV with a VGA port available.
So there you have it—a round-up of all the iPad accessories Apple plans to sell alongside the new iPad. The big thing here of course is the new keyboard dock, which should definitely throw a whole new dimension on what this device can do (we all know how much people wanted a real keyboard on the iPhone).