It’s an Apple world. I’m just living in it.

iPad 2

iPad 2 is here.

The new iPad has the following improvements:

  • iPad 2 is 33% thinner
  • iPad 2 is 15% lighter
  • iPad 2 has dual-core processing = faster surfing, movies, FaceTime video calls and multi-tasking
  • 9x graphic performance enhances gameplay, photos, video editing and animations in presentations
  • iPad 2 maintains 10 hour battery life
  • 2 HD cameras to enable FaceTime for iPad 2
  • Photobooth = fun
  • iPad 2 smart cover protects the screen and doubles as a stand
  • AirPlay: music, photos and video can stream wirelessly to your HDTV and home speakers
  • Video mirroring: Plug your iPad into your HDTV – even when you rotate from portrait to landscape or zoom will work
  • Comes in white or black
  • Shipping starts March 11 for U.S.
  • 26 other countries will get the device  March 25

More iPad 2 Details:

The new iPad 2 is one-third thinner than the first-generation model, just 8.8mm thick, even thinner than the iPhone 4. At just 1.3 pounds, it is lighter than the previous 1.5 pound iPad. It will carry the same starting price of $499 for the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi-only model.

The device will begin shipping in just over a week, on Friday, March 11, in the U.S., while 26 more overseas countries will get the device on March 25.

It also has rear and front facing cameras for recording video, taking photos, and FaceTime video chat. The new iPad also has a new A5 dual-core processor which offers up to 9 times faster graphics processing. Apple said the faster speeds of the new processor will not have any greater power consumption than the previous A4 processor.

The new iPad 2 will be available in two colors — black and white — and will be available on both AT&T and Verizon 3G networks from day one. It also sports the same 10-hour battery life.

A new accessory cable will also offer mirrored HDMI video out to HDTVs for 1080p high-definition output. The $39 cable allows users to charge their iPad while using the video out feature.

Another accessory announced by Apple is a magnetic “smart cover,” which covers the front of the device. Covering the front of the device automatically locks the device, while taking it off will unlock it. Microfibers on the screen cover are said to clean the iPad 2 display, while magnets will automatically align the cover on the screen.

A video demonstrating the abilities of the case, including using it as a stand to prop up the iPad, was shown to the audience. Apple will sell a polyurethane version of its case for $39, and a leather version for $69.

iPad 2 Technical Specifications:

  • Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.34 inch (8.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1.33 pounds (601 g) Wi-Fi, 1.34 pounds (607 g) 3G
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
  • Wi-Fi + 3G model: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi + 3G for Verizon model: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz)
  • 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
  • 1GHz dual-core Apple A5 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
  • 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
  • Wi-Fi:
  • 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
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • 3G:
  • 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
  • 30-pin dock connector port
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Microphone
  • Micro-SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (3G only)
  • Cellular (3G only)
  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, 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)
  • 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
  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • White on black display
  • Mono audio
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 10.2 or later recommended (free download from http://www.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access
  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 10.2 or later recommended (free download from http://www.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access
  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation
  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free LED-backlit display
  • PVC-free
  • Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure

And so here is my question. Where does a tablet like this fit into our classrooms? Be creative. Be wise. GO!

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About andrewodom

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One Response to It’s an Apple world. I’m just living in it.

  1. Jennie says:

    Wow – that’s almost too much tech for me. 🙂

    You know this can impact in so many ways I almost don’t know where to start. The problem though I don’t think lies in the technology but in training. What’s available NOW to bring into the classroom is overwhelming. Why aren’t more instructor’s using RSS and podcasts in class? What about gaming, live video feeds???? Dude you could set up a webinar with a professional in another county to do a guest presentation in your classroom – and you don’t need the iPad 2 to get it done!

    And I don’t mean this to sound one sided. The students are use to a particular style of instruction as well. You change that up to much and you might get students that revolt because they don’t think they are actually being “taught” anything. The real challenge is our thinking in what learning really is. Our society assumes that to learn we must break things down into subjects and lecture about a particular topic then assign tasks to assess a student’s understanding. In reality what needs to start happening is a holistic and collaborative way to instruct that crosses discipline lines. Allowing use to really become “life long learners” which means we need “life long instructors”.

    Wouldn’t it be cool if we could get an iPad 2 for every student? I know it’s not realistic, but it would be totally cool.

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