For some unknown reason, Apple didn’t live to stream the iPad 2 keynote like the previous few keynotes. In case you don’t know, you can catch up on the iPad 2 features, specifications and release date here. In case you want to see Steve Jobs on stage unveiling the iPad 2, you can do so now by going to Apple’s website.
You will need to have QuickTime installed if you want to watch it on Apple’s website on OS X or Windows. But, if you want to avoid QuickTime like the plague, you can watch the entire keynote on YouTube, embedded below:
iPad 2 is Apple’s second generation tablet and ships with brand new features such as front and back facing cameras, FaceTime, a speedier Apple A5 processing chip, 512MB RAM and speedier graphics, much more than the original iPad. A gyroscope is also included to allow precise movement detection in apps and games, which was not included in the first generation iPad. The new device is also much lighter and thinner than the original version although the display remains the same. The 10-hour battery life is retained in the newer model despite the increase in processing power and thinness of the tablet.
A 3G variant is also available to allow users to have cellular Internet connectivity on the go, albeit with an increase in cost.
In terms of software, iPad 2 ships with iOS 4.2.1 which supports multitasking amongst tons of other features.
While iPad users might not want to upgrade right away to the newer model, for first time buyers, iPad 2 is a much more attractive option due to better performance and cameras for video calls.
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