Today, Apple announced the iPad 2iOS 4.3, GarageBand & iMovie will be available on March 11, 2011 (that’s next week). I’m just going to get to the nitty gritty details.

Apple - iPad - All-new design. Video calls. HD video. And more.

iPad 2

Every time Apple comes out with a new product I think, how can they top this and each time they do. I didn’t plan to buy an iPad 2, but now I need it (yes, need as I needed the first iPad).

  • 2 video cameras, front & back
  • Front camera – VGA up to 30 fps with audio, VGA quality still camera
  • Back camera – HD (720p) up to 30 fps with audio, still camer with 5x digital zoom
  • A5, 1GHz dual-core chip (9x faster)
  • 10 hour battery
  • Thinner by 33%, 8.8 mm
  • Weight is 1.3 lbs (vs 1.5 lbs of old)
  • Wi-Fi/3G & Wi-Fi only versions, 16, 32 & 64 GB
  • Same prices as first iPad
  • 3-axix gyro, accelermoeter (can be rotated any way to view, even upside down)
  • LED backlit display with 178 degree viewing angle
  • Instant On. Starts much faster
  • Deliver video through HDMI or AirPlay via AirPlay enabled speakers or Apple TV on wi-fi network
  • AirPrint everything wirelessly
  • Video Mirroring – See on your HDTV or projector what you see on your iPad

iPad Smart Cover

Apple - Smart Cover - Cover up, stand up, and brighten up your iPad.

New covers available in 10 colors (orange included). I can’t even explain this because I haven’t seen it in person. There is an iPad Smart Cover video on the Apple websites here that you can watch to get the real feel for it. All I can say is that it looks pretty awesome.

  • Attaches via magnet and aligns perfectly.
  • Can be used to tilt your iPad
  • Magnet built right into the frame of the iPad
  • When opened, it wakes up the iPad
  • Protects your screen

Check out the details for the iOS 4.3 update & GarageBand and iMovie for iPad.

So, will you buy one? I know I will.