The iPad 2 Has Landed!
The much anticipated iPad 2 went on sale on March 11 -- the day the earthquake struck Japan. And just as the tsunami that followed, Apple's iPads too have seen a demand never seen before. Apple sold between 400,000 to 500,000 devices and retailers had run out of stock the day after it went on sale! It is now estimated that it will take 3-4 weeks for new orders to be delivered.
What makes iPad 2 so desirable?
Apple has not only added two colors - black and white, but also made the device one-third thinner and lighter than the original. iPad 2 uses Apple's latest processor, dubbed A5 that can run at 1 GigaHertz speeds, nearly twice compared to its predecessor. Even with the higher speed, the device still consumes the same low power and has a battery life of 10 hours -- a significant achievement for Apple.
The front and back cameras enable a bunch of applications, most importantly Apple's Facetime for video chatting with friends and family. The cameras also allow you to take still pictures and record video at up to 30 frames/second.
A Smart Cover?
Apple has new tricks up its sleeve every time and this time, it is the smart cover. At the product launch, Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO unveiled a magnetic cover that not only doubles as a stand, but wakes up the iPad when the cover is opened and puts the device in sleep mode when it is closed. The cover even has a microfiber surface that cleans the smudges on the screen!
A look back at 'Touch Screen' technology
What makes Apple products unique? It is the amazing and easy to use touch screen technology, first demonstrated in the iPhone devices, which allows users to navigate the various applications and websites with just their fingertips.
The screen looks just like a computer monitor and has a layer of touch screen elements that store a tiny electrical charge on top of it. This is covered by a scratch resistant glass screen. This technology is called "capacitive" touch screen and relies on the conducting properties of the human body. When a person touches the screen, a tiny charge is transferred through their body to the ground. The computer detects this change of charge and responds to the touch instruction. Now try touching the screen with gloves on, or using a pen or pencil - does it work?
Big touch screens were used for the first time to cover the 2008 Presidential election in the U.S.