Apple Unveils iPad 2 — Live Blog
1:36 PM/ET: Now in iOS 4.3, the photo transitions from Apple TV work on the device.
You can now use the iPad slider switch for either mute or rotation lock.
1:33 PM/ET: "One of my favorite little videos. It actually reminds me of a Pixar short," Job says. Five polyurethane covers, five leather. Polyurethane are $39, leather $69.
1:31 PM/ET: The microfiber lining in the cover cleans the screen when you move it. Jobs is showing a video about the cover.
(It makes a cool clicking sound when it attaches.)
1:30 PM/ET: That HDMI cable is $39.
"More popular," Jobs says "will be smart covers."
This will be better than the old cases. It covers the glass, and bends to create a stand. It doesn't cover the back. It automatically wakes the iPad and puts it back to sleep when opened and closed. It uses magnets to attach.
1:27 PM/ET: Two accessories: HDMI video out, a feature schools have requested. Up to 1080p. Works with all apps. You can charge the iPad while you use it .
1:27 PM/ET: It will ship on March 11 in the US, other high-volume countries on March 25.
1:26 PM/ET: iPad 2 also has a month of standby time. "We've also preserved the price."
"We only have one model that's more expensive than $799," he says, a shot at Motorola .
1:25 PM/ET: It has the same 10-hr battery life
1:24 PM/ET: It comes in black and white. "We're going to be shipping white from day one." It will work with AT&T and Verizon.
1:22 PM/ET: It is 1.3 pounds, down from 1.5
1:22 PM/ET: It has gone from 13.4 mm to 8.8 mm. The iPad 2 is thinner than the iPhone 4.
1:21 PM/ET: There is also a gyroscope.
It is dramatically thinner. A third thinner.
1:20 PM/ET: Completely new design. The A5 chip is dual core, up to 2 times faster CPU, 9 times faster graphics, same low power as A4, first dual-core tablet to ship in volume, he believes.
There are two cameras.
1:19 PM/ET: "We've gotten off to an exceptional start," Jobs says. "We haven't been resting on our laurels .... We're going to introduce today iPad 2."
1:17 PM/ET: A doctor who treats autism is talking about how it helps people with autism communicate. A mother of an autistic child says the iPad makes him happy and independent. "This is something that my son can do. He doesn't need me. I don't want him to have to need me all the time."
1:16 PM/ET: The video shows people using it around the world; in homes, shops, schools. For example, kids in a Chicago school using iPads have shown gains in reading and math, anecdotally. A doctor is talking about how the iPad helps doctors share information with patients. Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com says it's the future of how the enterprise will run.
1:14 PM/ET: Jobs is showing a video about the iPad. His deputies are featured. Phil Schiller starts, and retail chief Ron Johnson says he's never seen an in-store experience like it.
1:12 PM/ET: A note: I recall when Jobs first came back from surgery. His voice and physical presence were considerably weaker than this. Whatever his current medical issues, they don't seem to have affected his stamina in the same way this time around.
1:11 PM/ET: Jobs puts up Samsung's quote about how they loaded the channel with Galaxy Tabs, showing that rivals on Android have not yet been able to compete.
1:09 PM/ET: It generated 9.5 billion in revenue is 2010, has more than 90 percent market share
1:08 PM/ET: Jobs is talking about the iPad as its third post-PC blockbuster product. He says 2010 was the year of the iPad. Apple sold 15 million in 9 months of 2010, April through December.
1:07 PM/ET: Apple has paid out $2 billion to developers, and recently shipped its 100 millionth iPhone
1:06 PM/ET: Apple recently passed 200 million accounts in iTunes, credit cards and 1-click purchasing.
1:05 PM/ET: Steve's voice sounds strong. Over 100 million iBooks downloaded, and Random House is bringing its catalog to iBooks.
1:04 PM/ET: He looks about how he did last time. "We've been working on this product for a while, and I just didn't want to miss today."
1:03 PM/ET: The lights have dimmed. Steve Jobs walks out, briskly.
1:00 PM/ET: They've asked us to switch electronic devices to silent. We're about to begin.