Apple Unveils iPad 2 with Dual Cameras, A5 Chip in Two Colors

In a highly anticipated move, Apple has unveiled the iPad 2, featuring a new A5 dual-core processor that promises up to double the speed of the previous A4 chip and graphics performance up to nine times better, without increasing power consumption. This new model also includes a gyroscope similar to those in the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch.

Remarkably, the iPad 2 is 33% slimmer than its predecessor, measuring just 8.8 mm in thickness—thinner even than the iPhone 4—and weighs only 1.3 pounds.

It will be available in both black and white from the start, avoiding the issues that delayed the white iPhone 4. It supports both AT&T and Verizon networks and introduces a new HDMI mirrored video output feature through a $39 accessory, supporting up to 1080p resolution.

The pricing structure remains unchanged from the original iPad, starting at $499 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only model and going up to $829 for the 64 GB model equipped with both Wi-Fi and 3G.

The release date for the iPad 2 is set for March 11.

Update: Apple has refreshed its iPad page to include the technical specifications for the new device.

The rear camera supports 720p HD video recording at 30 fps with audio, and includes a 5x digital zoom for still images. The front camera offers VGA-quality video recording and still photos, likely the same as those found in the iPod touch.

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