A reportedly healthy-looking Steve Jobs made a return today at Apple’s iPad 2 unveiling in San Francisco, saying: "We've been working on this product for a while, and I didn't want to miss it."
Jobs revealed that Apple had recently sold their 100 millionth iPhone before going on to talk about “Apple's third post-PC blockbuster product. That's how we think about these things. We started with the iPod, then we added the iPhone, and then the iPad. Every one has been a blockbuster."
But what about the specs, Steve? The specs?
The iPad 2 will boast dual-core processors, up to 2x faster CPU, up to 9x faster graphics, and an all-new HDMI out feature.
Despite cramming in front and rear cameras, the new iPad 2 is 33% thinner than its predecessor; it’ll be just 8.8mm thick compared the original iPad’s 13.4mm. Jobs pointed out that it’s even thinner than the iPhone 4, pipping it by 0.5mm.
The new iPad will also be lighter, dropping from 1.5 to 1.3 pounds. That’s just under 600g for us Brits.
There’ll be two colours available from launch, namely black and white.
Despite all those advances on the inside, Apple has managed to keep the iPad’s battery life at 10 hours, with over a month of standby time. The prices, too, will remain the same.
Steve was rather excited about Apple’s new Smart Cover for the iPad 2. They’ll be available in plastic or leather, and will wake or sleep the device when opened or closed.
And when does the iPad 2 ship? Jobs joked: “April, May, June? No. March 11th."
iOS 4.3 was also revealed at the conference. It’ll launch on March 11 alongside the iPad 2, and will be compatible with the iPhone and 3rd and 4th gen iPod touches. Safari performance was touted as a key improvement, along with FaceTime, Photo Booth, iMovie and Garage Band.
One thing that remains unchanged with the new iPad 2 is the screen resolution. It’ll still be 1024x768. Let the iPad 3 rumours begin.