Apple's iPad made
a pretty big splash when it hit the market last year (15M sold in 2010). It
arguably brought tablets to the mainstream consumer market despite claims from
many that it was nothing more than a large iPhone/iPod touch. Apple has laughed
all the way to the bank as iPad sales
have ballooned to make it one of the most lucrative segments of its
business ($9.5B in revenue for 2010).
Today, Apple is looking to build upon the
success of its first generation tablet now that the competition is finally
catching up (see Motorola
Xoom) and none other than Steve Jobs was on hand to announce the iPad 2.
The iPad 2 doesn't deviate very far from the original formula, but it does add
a few notable advancements over its predecessor including:
In a move that was foreshadowed late last year
began selling iPads bundled with its MiFi portable hotspots, there are versions of the iPad 2 that will work on either Verizon or AT&T’s wireless networks.
Pricing for the iPad 2 stays the same as before (starting at $499) –
storage capacities also haven’t budged (16GB, 32GB, 64GB). The iPad 2 will launch March 11.
Perhaps more interesting than the iPad itself is the new Smart Cover that Apple is debuting with the iPad 2. Available in multiple colors, the Smart Cover attaches to the iPad 2 with magnets and folds down to cover the screen, or can fold back to allow the iPad 2 to be used standing up.
The Smart Cover will wake the iPad 2 when you open it, and put the iPad 2 to sleep when you close it (obviously taking advantage of the new proximity sensor). It will be priced at $39 for the polyurethane version and $69 for the leather version.
Other things to take from the Apple keynote:
quote: Don't need that much RAM when you can't truely multi-task. Pretty sad.Completely predictable release. All those people who though it was going to be even more magical are feeling pretty stupid now.
quote: I'm curious. How, specifically, will Apple dominate/take over the enterprise sector solely because it incorporated a feature that it's competitors already had?Brando
quote: So I cannot see
quote: The Ipad1 sold does not mean anything really. Like all electronic devices, they don't mention return of them, people reselling them, etc. The Ipad was like a MMO when released, promoted the shit out of on any TV show/add. Then its userbase faded away.The Ipad has FEW uses that are practical outside certain fields. Most the things the Ipad does, you can do with a smartphone for business. Never mind the fact people who buy that type of device buy it for certain things they need it for and not just because of it being a new thing.
quote: Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. - Philip K. Dick
quote: mostly out of fear and anxiety caused by the vast changes underway which they cannot understand because of their fetishistic clutching onto past, and rapidly fading, certainties.
quote: The Ipad1 sold does not mean anything really. Like all electronic devices, they don't mention return of them, people reselling them, etc. The Ipad was like a MMO when released, promoted the shit out of on any TV show/add. Then its userbase faded away.
quote: n fact, I'd say up until now, the iPad has been a big failure.
quote: Just when I thought we had reached the talking bollocks limit for the day
quote: Makes me laugh how Apple can always get away with this. If another company did not release full specs of there product it will hurt sales and many many people would complain. But Apple, as usual, can get away with it.
quote: Given the (relatively) low price and large app catalog
quote: "Honeycomb feels a lot like Google’s take on iOS without sacrificing any of what makes Android unique. It’s a healthy combination of the appliance-like iOS without giving up any of the user facing customization & flexibility that Android users love."
quote: That's kind of the whole point here... Apple is consistently playing catch-up
quote: We wouldn't spend so much time reading and writing about it if the media wasn't shoving every tiny thing that Apple did into our face. --by Divide Overflow
quote: With that cover, they have re-invented the netbook. For twice the price and half the capabilities. Are yuppies really that friggin stupid? Never mind... I don't want to know.
quote: With that cover, they have re-invented the netbook. For twice the price and half the capabilities. Are yuppies really that friggin stupid?
quote: ...but it does add a few notable advancements over its predecessor including:-Screen resolution stays the same at 1024x768
quote: Wouldn't increasing the screen resolution have had implications for "app" compatibility between iPad1 and iPad2?
quote: # Dual-core A5 processor which is supposedly 2x faster than the previous generation A4 while keeping the same power profile # Graphics performance is up to 9x faster than the first generation iPad
quote: I predict Apple will sell a lot of these-and a lot will go to Ipad users who will pass their original Ipad on down the food chain.
quote: Unlike the mobile phones which Android can take off due to cheaper phones. The tablet market is not the same.
quote: Where is the Flash support? Flash 10.2 has made great strides in reducing CPU and battery consumption --by claykin