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Steve Jobs unveils the highlights of Apple iPad 2 [video]

Apple took the wraps off the second generation iPad on Wednesday. Here is a six-minute video clip of CEO Steve Jobs showing off the highlights.

On Wednesday in San Francisco, Apple showed off the iPad 2 with a mix of incremental upgrades that bring it on par with its emerging tablet competitors while also maintaining the product's long battery life (the killer feature for business users) and low starting price of $499 (the killer feature for consumers).

Next to the unveiling of Apple's second generation tablet, the biggest news of the day was that Apple CEO Steve Jobs was there to run the proceedings himself. The Apple co-founder is technically on medical leave from the company, so his appearance drew a standing ovation from the audience.

Below we have a six-minute video clip in which Jobs sums up the leading features of the iPad 2.

Another new feature of the iPad 2 is Apple's "Smart Cover," an accessory that magnetically attaches to the iPad to protect the screen and to prop up the device to type or watch videos. Take a look at our three-minute video clip of Jobs' demo of the Smart Cover.

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18 comments
Andrew Houghton
Andrew Houghton

I thought it was interesting that Steve Jobs talked about the iPad in the context of Post-PC era. What I found ironic about his vision of the Post-PC era was that the iPad *must* be tethered to a PC/MAC in order for the iPad to sync with iTunes. So while Steve Jobs wants to believe that the iPad falls in the Post-PC era, the reality is that it's somewhere in-between.

ITOdeed
ITOdeed

I'm waiting to see what Charlie Sheen thinks. :-)

shakeeiil
shakeeiil

I have scene all the product features, and i am sure it is a great product in terms of battery-life, price and usability............

Richaz
Richaz

$159 Browse and play movies without the heavy price.

bambamo224
bambamo224

- Rear facing camera has no flash! - Only .3 pounds lighter than Xoom - No Flash support - 10 hours battery life, no improvement. Xoom has same - Only 3G? - Processor nothing special, Why have a dual core 1Ghz Apple Processor if you can't do anything with it. - Oh! only $499. Wait that's only for a 16GB Wifi only! - I can't add additional memory - I have to use iTunes! - Apple controls what I can do! You decide for yourself! Do you own your tablet or does Apple own you? Disgusted by People and their Apple Crack! Get over it, your the real loser in the end.

adornoe
adornoe

Move along. Nothing to see here.

yasminita
yasminita

For me its just a External Desing with special price, just to sale what they can.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Otherwise, an iPad can't even view its own advertisement...

Aragorn7
Aragorn7

What about interfaces - HDMI, USB? Can you still only use an expensive Bluetooth Keyboard?

rfolden
rfolden

... the board of directors said: "Mr. Jobs, you're about to yield up the Ghost... you need to get something out there no one needs or wants, but will make us billions... and do it right quick like, won't you?" Pure greed.

techrep
techrep

So its faster, slimmer and (slightly) lighter - faster is good but, personally, the slimmer/ (slightly) lighter aspects don't matter too much. Front/ rear cameras? - should have been in from day one anyway. Gyroscope? - solution looking for a problem. Other than that, nothing really new here 9unless you're excited by being able to buy it in white?!)

SerrJ215
SerrJ215

Honestly, other than the camera most of the stuff that this is offering I can do on a nook color. That and I can add additional storage to the nook via a micro SD. Thinner, lighter, and the same battery is impressive I will give him that, but I am not comfortable with the level of control that I would have over the device. Also what does the iPad do but browse the web? Yes there are the famous apps but most of them are web based. How much faster do you need web pages to load? This does take the wind out of the first two minutes of his presentation promoting greater speed. Also one of the big factors of those is speed of the connection, not the processor. 4G? Thats all that At&t, Verizon, Sprint, and all the others have been clamoring about, when it does become mainstream will it have it? Support it? Or do we have to buy yet another one when it comes out Ipad2.2? I know there is a flash debate, not going there, but would it really kill them to put in a usb, a micro usb something? I dont , wont and cant get all my technology from apple something to show that they are trying to play nice with other tech. Also It would have added something if he actually showed us the device. I mean if he had one in his hands, because its easy enough to alter graphics. I could see him telling his engineers, "Okay I announced it now make it happen!" Kind of like when Kennedy said that we were going to the moon, then NASA had to figure out how. Honestly there are improvements, but not in the areas that we have been clamoring about. The improvements that have been made are not relevant to getting new users to buy an iPad, and honestly I dont think there relevant enough to get the users of the first iPad to upgrade to it. The only people that are going to run out any buy this on the first day it the die-hard apple fans, and they can have it.

Ian Wright
Ian Wright

"Disgusted by People and their Apple Crack! Get over it, your the real loser in the end." Thanks for generously sharing your superior wisdom. From my clearly humble position my responses are: 1. Non issue 2. Non issue 3. Non issue (indeed an advantage and not missed ever) 4. You call that a winning point? Because it is the same as the Xoom - dohhhh. 5. Non issue 6. "Can't do anything with it" - your logical powers leave me breathless 7. Price - and what do the competitors cost? 8. Non issue 9. Non issue (indeed an advantage) 10. I think that's in the mind of the beholder. The converse is that this superbly executed device empowers me in far more ways than I lose through a tightly managed ecosystem. That's a tradeoff I'll accept. And, it's "you're the real loser" and not "your the real loser" or is that correct English controlling what you can do?

JonGauntt
JonGauntt

To be honest, I thought not having Flash would be a big deal. I honestly can't remember the last site that I went to that I couldn't use because of Flash. The trade off of not getting virus vulnerability evens it out for me. But I have to really think to remember the last time that Flash caused me not to be able to view a web page. And yeah, so I might miss a few graphics every now and then, but when I'm consuming content I'm looking for what was said, not how pretty they can make it. It's a really well designed second computer that I can take everywhere. I love my Win 7 64 Bit Beast that lets me play my graphic intensive games, but I can't take it wherever I go even if it does play Flash. To be honest, I spend more time updating Flash than I do actually using it on my PC that does support it.

Drew M
Drew M

I am thoroughly impressed. You have successfully managed to have the biggest ego on planet Earth. You insult someone personally solely because you disagree with their view on a tablet. I would like to see how you deal with people in real life. It can safely be said that I'm not the only one who would say you're the idiot in this situation.

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

"...this superbly executed device empowers me in far more ways than I lose through a tightly managed ecosystem" Yeah, yeah. You work in Apple Marketing, don't you... oh, they don't pay you a salary? But you still work for them.

Slayer_
Slayer_

For me, it would be flash games, newgrounds, here at TR, game cheat codes searching, and an RDP client. Effectively, I would be happy with a tablet that had a web browser and an RDP client, its all I want.