Steve Jobs came out of his self-imposed leave of absence to make the iPad 2 announcement Wednesday morning.
Jobs introduced the newer, thinner version of the extremely popular iPad.
“So what’s new?” Jobs asked to the applauding audience. “It’s an all-new design.”
iPad 2: All the details
Jobs said the iPad 2 will go on sale on March 11 and have new features missing from the first version of the iPad.
Among the new specifications?
- Thinner design — down to 1.3 lbs from the previous 1.5 lbs.
- Front and rear-facing cameras for chatting.
- Available in both white and black.
- Will connect to televisions and other multimedia devices with a HDMI device.
“Teachers want to hook iPads up to their flatscreens in the classrooms,” Jobs said. “And you can even charge the iPad while you’re using it.”
It’ll have a gyroscope, just like the iPhone, for enhanced game-playing capabilities. It’ll also include Apple’s new operating systems — iOS 4.3 — also set to debut on March 11. Jobs said it’ll allow iPhone 4 users to create mobile hotspots for their Apple devices.
Jobs also commented on the price structure during the iPad 2 announcement — it’ll stay the same as the current iPad.
Jobs looked a bit thinner than usual — adding to the speculation about his health. But, Jobs said, he wouldn’t miss the iPad 2 announcement.
“We’ve been working on this project for a while and I didn’t want to miss this,” he said.