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iPad 2 Run Down


Genealogy Apps for the iPad

Apple intro­duced the iPad 2 yesterday.

This is about 9 months since the first iPad was released. The device has sold 15 mil­lion units. According to some ana­lysts, this makes it the fastest sell­ing con­sumer tech­nol­ogy prod­uct ever.

I have to admit that I did not think the iPad would catch on. It seemed a lit­tle heavy in the hand, and was rumored to run hot. I fig­ured that this prod­uct was over priced, at $499 for an 8GB WiFi model and $829 for a 64GB WiFi / 3G model. While the usabil­ity fea­tures, such as “instant on,” would make it easy to use it was really just, as one com­men­ta­tor said, “An iPhone for Hagar the Horrible.” It seems a device for con­tent con­sump­tion, not con­tent cre­ation. I’m also sim­ply a con­trar­ian, and never both­ered to get an iPhone. I have an Android, and prior to that had smart­phones from Palm and Handspring since, oh, about 2001.…

In the last nine months, tens of thou­sands of apps were deliv­ered. $2 bil­lion dol­lars has been paid out to the soft­ware devel­op­ers of those apps. While many of the apps are con­tent cre­ation apps, most are con­tent con­sump­tion apps. But of course, we do an awful lot of that on the web anyway.

The new iPad sports both front– and rear-facing cam­eras, with the rear cam­era cap­tur­ing 720p video. It’s 1/3 lighter, 2x as fast, and with 9x the video pro­cess­ing power. I look at those specs, and, see­ing a lighter unit, with this many apps, and this kind of per­for­mance, and I myself am tempted. Not only could this be a light­weight way to travel, it looks like a lot of fun, and the apps keep coming.…

The iPad 2 is offi­cially avail­able next Friday, 11 March 2011, at Apple Stores and on the web at Apple.com. The new iPad sup­ports Verizon as well as AT&T 3G networks.

Here’s a com­par­i­son of the specs, with specs that are either iPad 1 spe­cific or iPad 1-only (as found on the Wayback Machine) with iPad 2 specs highlighted.

Height
9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
Width
7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
Depth
0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
Weight
1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model
1.33 pounds (601 g)
1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
1.35 pounds (607 g)
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
Support for dis­play of mul­ti­ple lan­guages and char­ac­ters simultaneously
Capacity
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
Processor
1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
Sensors
Three-axis gyro
Accelerometer
Ambient light sensor
Audio play­back
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Audio for­mats sup­ported: HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 [iPad 2: 8] to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (for­mats 2, 3, and 4, [iPad 2: Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+] Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
User-configurable max­i­mum vol­ume limit
Dolby Digital 5.1 sur­round sound pass-through with Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold sep­a­rately)
Cameras, Photos, and Video Recording
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
TV and video
Support for 1024 by 768 pix­els with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
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, 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
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
Battery and power
Built-in 25-watt-hour recharge­able lithium-polymer battery
Up to 10 hours of surf­ing the web on Wi-Fi, watch­ing video, or lis­ten­ing to music
Up to 9 hours of surf­ing the web using 3G data network
Charging via power adapter or USB to com­puter system
 
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