iPad 2 Tech Specs Overview

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iPad 2 tech specs

We heard a lot of the headline specs for the iPad 2 at today’s Apple unveiling event for it. Now the apple.com pages for the iPad 2 have filled in most of the blanks, with a few notable exceptions. Here are some of major tech specs that we do know:

New, dual-core processor:

1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

It is touted as being a two times faster processor than the first gen iPad’s and offer 9X faster graphics – and all with the same lower power as on the A4 chip.

RAM: we don’t know yet. Should be at least 512MB, and hopefully 1GB.

Display:

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Nothing new here, which is a bit disappointing. None of the rumored improvements in display or even some anti-reflective magic.

Connectivity: WiFi only models and 3G models for both AT&T and Verizon

  • Wi-Fi + 3G model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi + 3G for Verizon model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)

Storage: 16,32, and 64GB models for both the WiFi only and 3G units

Size and Weight: As expected, it is slightly thinner and lighter than the first iPad. It’s apparently 33% thinner and weighs in at 1.3 rather than 1.5 pounds.

iPad 2 specs

Cameras: We got two (for the price of one?).

  • Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
  • Front camera: Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera
  • Tap to control exposure for video or stills
  • Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi

Sensors: Gyroscope added.

  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

TV and Video:

  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (cables sold separately)
  • Video out support at 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Power, Battery, Input/Output: Nothing much has changed here. Battery life is said to be just as good as the original iPad (which is outstanding), and no new ports have been added.

For the full iPad 2 specs rundown, see the Apple page for them here: http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/


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