Apple unveils thinner, lighter second- generation iPad
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.