March is a big month for Apple—this past week, Mr. Steven Jobs gave us the pricing for the iPad 2:
- WiFi only pricing: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, and $699 for 64GB models
- 3G model: $629, $729, and $829 for 16, 32, and 64GB, respectively
Also released is a list of hardware specs for the new and improved iPad:
- Two cameras will be located on the new device: one on the front, for FaceTime, and another rear facing camera capable of capturing 720p HD video.
- HDMI video mirroring, which will let you put your iPad screen on an HDTV.
- The iPad 2 will be available in 2 colors: the traditional black, like the original iPad, and a new white version.
- It will be 15% lighter and 33% thinner than the original.
- The 3G version will be compatible with both Verizon and AT&T networks.
- Dual-core A5 processor
A few features will remain the same between the two versions:
- Screen size
- Battery life (approximately 10 hours)
- Built-in accelerometer
One thing I noticed immediately was the pricing. The new model will be priced exactly like the original version! All us console junkies know that each new generation offers significantly more (and costs significantly more) than the previous generation. I have an iPad, but I don’t know if I see enough to upgrade.