CNET News Video: Jobs unveils iPad 2
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CNET News Video: Jobs unveils iPad 2

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Despite being on medical leave, Apple CEO Steve Jobs steps back in the spotlight to show off the 2nd generation of the iPad tablet. Shipping on March 11, the thinner, lighter iPad 2 is also faster, and it comes with two cameras.

We're going to introduce today iPad 2, the second generation iPad. So, what is iPad 2, what have learned, what can we improved, well, it is an all new design. It is a tweet design. It's not that marginal improvement; it's a completely new design. And the first thing, it's dramatically faster. We have a new chip, we call A5, our chip wizards have come with this and it's great. It's dual core processors, having 2 processors inside and we get up to twice as fast on CPU performance, but we've really gone all out on the graphics performance up to 9 times faster graphics. The graphics on this thing are wonderful. Same low power as A4. We don't' wanna give any of that legendary battery life and even though others are starting to shift, I think, this is gonna be the first dual core tablet to shift in volume. So, A5 is a really a quite an achievement and is gonna give us something that's up to twice as fast on CPU performance up to 9 times faster on graphics and the first iPad was no slouch, so a lot faster with A5. Second, we built in some cameras for video. We've go a rare camera at the back and we got a front facing camera at the front. We're talking about that in a few minutes. We've also built in a gyroscope that we have on the iPhone and the iPad Touch. Now, having built in all of these stuffs, one of the most startling things about the iPad 2 is it is dramatically thinner, not a little bit thinner, a third thinner, 33% thinner, that's what it looks like So, if you look at the numbers-- when you look at the numbers gone from 13.4 mm down to 8.8 mm thick. It's dramatic, and for those of you have iPhone 4. The new iPad 2 is actually thinner than your iPhone 4. So, we're incredibly happy with this and when you get your hands on one, it feels totally different and all these other tablets are coming out, most of them even thicker than the original iPad, nothing even approaching with this. In addition to thicker, it's lighter as well, going from 1.5 pounds down to 1.3, and you might not think that's a lot, but when you get down to 1.5 pounds a tenth of a pound is a lot, and it feels quite a bit lighter. and it's got an all new design. It's just beautiful. So, this is what it looks like. It's really thin and it comes with 2 colors, black and white, we're gonna be shipping white from day 1, and to give some scale. This is what it looks like, again, you just pick this thing up and almost floats, black and white, black and white too. Now, in addition to having both colors, we also have models that work with both AT&T and Verizon's 3G networking from day 1, and you would think that we would have to give up some of the iPad's legendary battery life. but out engineering time found a way and we have the same legendary 10-hour battery life as the original iPad with all those extra stuff in it and yet dramatically thinner, and again that's over a month of standby, so 10 hours of battery life, again, a lot of these other guys are coming out with substantially less and this has been tried and tested by every reviewer. iPads get 10 hours of battery life, so we're really happy to keep that and never let that go. Now, in addition, to preserving the battery life, when we add all this stuff, we've also preserved the price, and so we're going to keep the same exact prices starting at just 499, same exact prices at the current iPad, yet with all these new features that dramatically improve product.

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