2 for the price of 1
From page 13 of Classic Rock Magazine June 2011
The iPad 2 is faster, lighter, thinner and more gizmo-enabled than the original iPad but for the same money? We’ll take it!
BY CHRisTMAs LAsT year, within the first nine months of being available, Apple had sold 15 million of their then-new gizmo called the iPad – more than any other tablet computer in history. (If you haven’t heard of the iPad, you’re either dead or live in a cave. In which case thank you for your efforts in getting hold of Classic Rock .) The iPad became their most profitable consumer launch ever, and subsequently helped Apple overtake Microsoft as the world’s most valuable tech company.
Now, just one year after what many Apple disciples refer to as the Jesus Tablet was unveiled, they’re back with a pimped up, tweaked-to-withinan-inch-of-its-life second coming: the iPad 2.
Rather than bask in their own success while the likes of BlackBerry , Motorola and Samsung have been quietly creeping up on – and in some cases surpassing – the first - generation iPad, Apple have modified their tablet, and then some.
The iPad 2 has a faster, dual-core CPU and nine times faster graphics, a slick new operating system, HD video recording, and cameras facing front and back. It’s 33 per cent thinner, up to 15 per cent lighter, and comes in a number of colours.
But what does this mean for music fans? Well, for a start, with the highest-spec model you can store around 16,000 songs. Then, using new AirPlay technology, you can stream your music, videos and photos to your speakers or HD TV.
Wi-Fi enables you download tracks when you’re out and about. You can watch music videos on the 9.7-inch, high - resolution display and you can even download the spanking new Classic Rock iPad app from: bit.ly/eXuYmz
But does all this extra power and smaller size mean you’re shelling out more money for a product that will run out of juice in no time at all? No. In fact the iPad 2 will remain with exactly the same 10-hour battery life as the iPad, and at the same price.
From £329, www . apple.com
Rob Temple, Features Editor, T3 magazine