iPad 2: available from 25 March

Dual-core A5 processors, double the CPU speed, and 33 percent thinner. Find out all the specs here

The iPad 2 is no longer a myth, but a reality. An apparently healthier Steve Jobs said so himself. What can you expect?

UK release: 25 March

Cost: $499 (£305 in UK-speak, but they'll probably charge us more)


1 GHz A5 dual-core chip: two times faster CPU and nine times faster graphics

Same power consumption as A4 with same 10-hour battery life

Rear and front (shoots 720p HD video) cameras

Sadly, the 9.7-inch screen remains at 1024x768


33 percent thinner: 13.4mm–8.8mm, making it thinner than the iPhone 4

Lighter: 1.5lbs-1.3lbs

White version available

16GB, 32Gb and 64GB

WiFi or 3G

A new type of case called Smart Covers will be available. They are ribbed to fold in multiple directions and magnetically attach to your iPad. They also wake the iPad when you open it and send it to sleep when you close it. Apple's usual rainbow of colours are available.

iOS 4.3 (free download from 11 March):

Better Safari that runs twice as fast,

Wireless streaming through iTunes Home sharing,

AirPlay improvements to help find your Apple TV with no configuration needed,

PhotoBooth software for the cameras,

FaceTime between most iOS devices (iPhone, Mac, iPad),

New apps:

iMovie for iPad, available 11 March for $4.99. It utilises multi-touch gestures effectively and allows social sharing with a host of mediums including Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.

Garageband which utilises 250+ loops, features a great analogue look and tonnes of touch-sensitive instruments that react to the pressure at which they are touched – so a piano or drum kit can be played loud or soft like the real thing.

More to follow.


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