Ap­ple un­veils thin­ner, lighter sec­ond- gen­er­a­tion iPad

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

AP­PLE chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Jobs has emerged from med­i­cal leave to un­veil a new ver­sion of the iPad de­signed to tighten the com­pany’s grip on the tablet com­puter mar­ket.

The iPad 2 is thin­ner and lighter than the orig­i­nal ver­sion re­leased last year and fea­tures cam­eras for pho­tog­ra­phy, movie-mak­ing or video chat. A gaunt Jobs, 56, who went on med­i­cal leave in Jan­uary for an un­spec­i­fied ill­ness, was met with a stand­ing ova­tion as he walked on stage at the Yerba Buena The­ater to in­tro­duce the nextgen­er­a­tion iPad. The iPad 2 fea­tures front-and rear-fac­ing video cam­eras to en­able video chat and is thin­ner than the pre­vi­ous ver­sion.

‘‘ The new iPad 2 is ac­tu­ally thin­ner than your iPhone 4,’’ said Jobs. ‘‘ It is dra­mat­i­cally thin­ner, not a lit­tle thin­ner, a third thin­ner.’’

It weighs 590g, down from 680g, has the same 10-hour bat­tery life as the pre­vi­ous model and will come in black and white ver­sions.

‘‘ And we are go­ing to be ship­ping white from day one,’’ Jobs said in a jok­ing ref­er­ence to Ap­ple’s con­tin­u­ing in­abil­ity to pro­duce a promised white ver­sion of the iPhone 4.

Jobs said the iPad 2 would sell for the same $ 499-$ 829 ( US) price as the pre­vi­ous model. It will ship in the United States on March 11 and on March 25 in 26 to other coun­tries.

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