In the US, the iPad 2 was released on the 11th of March, 2011, while countries worldwide had to wait the 25th. The question in most people’s minds was whether it would overtake its predecessor in terms of software and hardware capability, and there wasn’t a better way of finding out than getting hands on one. Apple addicts lined up outside Apple outlets to be among the first ones.
When compared to the first generation, the iPad 2 certainly looked much sleeker and felt better to hold. Upon closer observation it was clear that Apple had made deductions in terms of size, but not in terms of strength. A couple of millimeters have been reduced from the width and height of the device since that is what brings the difference in feel. The CPU has been upgraded to an A5 chip that boats 1 GHz of frequency. Even though numbers may not sound like a huge leap, the performance and graphics are certainly more impressive.
It is tough to imagine how Apple managed to fit everything into the iPad 2 and keep it as thin as an iPhone. The battery life holds out for a solid 10 hours 26 minutes, which is a figure no other device in this category manages to achieve. The two cameras that are hardly noticeable on the front and back of the device are new additions, and the quality of images that they take is quite satisfying. The location of the speaker has changed and even though the sound seems clearer, it is not any louder. If one plans to carry out serious audio work, it is important to have headphones or better speakers at hand.
The new iOS update doesn’t boast a lot of improvements, though minor details have been altered. With the birth of the iPad 2 two new powerful apps were added to the iPad apps department, namely the Garage Band and iMovie, hence the stress on the need for better sound.
Overall, the introduction of the new iPad 2 has made Apple an even stronger contender in the tablet market.