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Right now in San Francisco, Apple’s Steve Jobs is unveiling the specs for the upcoming iPad 2 — which is its official name.Here’s what we know:
- Dual-core A5 processors to improve speed — graphics will run up to 9x faster while using the same battery life.
- Front and rear-facing cameras. Rear camera is 720p resolution, front is “VGA quality” — it’s meant to be used for Facetime chat primarily, so quality isn’t that big a deal.
- Gyroscope for position-based apps.
- 33% thinner than the first iPad at 0.34″. It’s 9.5″ high and 7.3″ wide.
- Lighter, at 1.33 pounds versus 1.6 pounds for the current iPad.
- Starts at the same price: $499. So it won’t be dramatically cheaper as some had proposed. It also comes in the same models as the current version: Wi-Fi and 3G (Verizon or AT&T) in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB sizes.
- It ships on March 11 in the U.S. — that’s less than two weeks away. March 25 in the rest of the world.
That’s about it — looks like a minor update to the hardware. Apple is also announcing peripherals, including an HDMI adaptor for high-definition video output ($39), and Smart Covers, a new kind of magnetic cover with a bendable flap.