Although there are many similarities between the original Apple iPad and the iPad 2, which is expected to be released on March 11, 2010, there are also some distinct differences. The successor promises to be a faster, lighter and thinner tablet. Even with all of these improvements, the iPad 2 is supposed to sell for the same price as its predecessor. Are these specification differences worth going out and purchasing the new iPad 2?
The iPad 2 is indeed thinner than its predecessor. At 8.8 mm, the iPad 2 is actually 33 percent thinner than the original iPad, which sizes in at 13.4 mm. While the iPad 2 is one third thinner than the iPad, it’s not that much lighter than its successor. The original iPad weighs 1.5 pounds, and the new iPad 2 only shaves off 0.2 pounds, weighing in at 1.3 pounds.
One of the biggest differences between the Apple iPad and the iPad 2 is in the processor. Powered by Apple A5 1Ghz dual-core processor, the newer tablet packs a punch. Compare this to the iPad’s 1Ghz Apple A5 processor, and you’ll notice the difference. It’s said to be twice as fast as the original iPad. One significant feature difference that users are eagerly anticipating is the inclusion of a camera. But the Apple iPad 2 doesn’t come with just one camera, it comes with two cameras — one on the front and one on the back. The back camera is a 720p main camera, while the front camera is VGA equipped for FaceTime (video calling application).
Although the 9.7 inch screen size is the same on both, the frame edging is gone, allowing easier finger movement across the screen. The new tablet is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, which can allow for quite elaborate video editing, such as overlay sound effects, voice overs, and fading. A nice feature included in the new Apple iPads is a magnetic smart cover that not only doubles as a stand for watching and reading but a back incliner. The newer Apple iPad will have the same battery life as the debut tablet, allowing roughly 10 hours of battery life using Wi-Fi to surf the Internet.