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iPad 2 launched: thinner, faster & packs dual cameras

iPad 2 launched: thinner, faster & packs dual cameras

The much-hyped, second generation Apple tablet computer was unveiled yesterday, to a mixed response from fanboys and tech writers alike.

Showcased amid much fanfare at a press event in San Fran’s Yerba Buena Centre, the iPad 2 features a super slim 8.4mm frame and is 33 per cent trimmer than its predecessor. And it’s lost 1.3 pounds in weight, too.

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As was widely predicted, Apple has also added a rear facing camera capable of 720p video capture and a secondary front facing snapper for video calling via the built-in FaceTime app.

To boost speed, a new A5 dual core CPU is on board. And there’s a massively boosted GPU to entice the legion of mobile gamers to part with their hard-earned tech dollar.

In news to gladden iFans everywhere, price points will be in line with the first-generation iPad when it lands in UK retailers on March 25th. That means you’ll be able to grab the cheapest model sans mobile broadband contract for a pretty reasonable £305.

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Despite the device’s slimmer dimensions, Apple claims that battery life is unaffected at ten hours on a full charge.

Addressing press types at the showcase Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: "With all this new technology onboard, surely something's got to give. But we're managed to maintain our legendary iPad battery life, giving ten hours of battery.

"A lot of [rival tablets] are coming out with substantially lower battery life, but the iPad 2 has been tried and tested and every reviewer has confirmed the ten hour life.”

Other key specs of the iPad 2, which will be available in black and white colour variants, include the latest Apple operating system, iOS 4.3, and a 9.7-inch touchscreen display.

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