This morning in San Francisco Apple’s Steve Jobs introduced the new iPad 2. Featuring front and rear cameras (with 720p video), a dual-core CPU, faster graphics, iOS 4.3, gyroscopes, thinner (now 8.8mm was 13.4mm) and optional 1080p video output. Prices remain the same as the previous model.

Since the iPad 2 has added cameras FaceTime, Photo Booth and iMovie are being launched for the iPad too. In addition Garage Band is also being launched for the iPad – it naturally features touch screen instruments – but users can also plug in in a guitar.

The iPad 2 ships starting 11 March in the US with and available in 26 more countries on 25 March:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • Hungary
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherland
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • UK

It will be available in both black and white colour variations.

Official details now online at Apple’s iPad site.

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