Consumer electronics and computing company Apple has unveiled it second generation iPad, the company’s record breaking tablet device.
Going on sale in the US on March 11th and the UK two weeks later, the new design is 33 per cent thinner than the original iPad and has several technical improvements to its predecessors.
Processing speeds have been improved for the new model through a new dual-core A5 processor, it has a front and rear camera and Apple has also designed a more protective cover for the device.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, commented: “With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices.
“While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again”.
The devices has a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth applications and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video.
Other features of the iPad 2 include the latest version of the 4.3 iOS mobile operating system, built-in gyro for advanced gaming, enhanced 3G upload speeds, and HDMI Video Mirroring, which allows users to mirror their iPad screen on a HDTV.
Booming sales of the original iPad helped Apple post record quarterly profits and revenue for the three months to December 25th but with Jobs’ announcing in January that he was taking indefinite medical leave, many investors began to question whether the company could sustain its huge international success.
A successful launch period for the new iPad could help to relieve some of those worries.