Desktops and Notebooks: Apple iPad 2 Debuts with Massive Lines, Big Expectations

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-03-14
 
 
 

Long Lines

At least three of Apple's stores in New York City saw long lines for the iPad 2. At the company's flagship Fifth Avenue location, the first customers to claim their device were greeted by hordes of press photographers.

Long Lines

The Epic Wait

At another store on the Upper West Side, customers lined up around the block for the chance to get their hands on the iPad 2.

The Epic Wait

Predicted Sales

Some analysts predicted that the iPad 2 would sell anywhere from 500,000 to 600,000 units during its first weekend of release.

Predicted Sales

Upgrades

The iPad 2 comes with hardware upgrades such as a dual-core A5 processor and front- and rear-facing cameras.

Upgrades

3G

Both Verizon and AT&T offer 3G service for the iPad 2.

3G

Resolution

The iPad 2's 9.7-inch capacitive touch screen boasts a 1,024-by-768 resolution.

Resolution

Thinner

The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than the original iPad.

Thinner

Rear Camera

The iPad 2's rear camera records video at 720p, at 30 frames per second. The front camera can be used for FaceTime video chat.

Rear Camera

Business Device

Although marketed primarily as a consumer device, Apple likely hopes the iPad 2 will continue the company's momentum in the business space.

Business Device

Battery Life

Apple claims the iPad 2 is capable of 10 hours of battery life.

Battery Life

Location Finding

The iPad 2 includes a digital compass and assisted GPS.

Location Finding

Pinch-and-Zoom

As with the original iPad (and all iOS products), the iPad 2 allows touch-screen navigation via gestures such as pinch-and-zoom.

Pinch-and-Zoom

Game Center

Apple's multiplayer Game Center is a relatively new feature of iOS.

Game Center

Apps

Apple hopes its wide variety of apps and games will allow it to maintain a competitive advantage over not only the rising number of Google Android-based devices, but also upcoming tablets from Research In Motion and Hewlett-Packard.

Apps

Playback

The iPad 2 supports a wide variety of video formats. However, the tablet continues to not support Flash, which prevents it from displaying a portion of the Web's rich content.

Playback

Productivity

Ever since the original iPad's debut, Apple has made the aggressive sell that the tablet—in conjunction with a growing number of apps—is ideal as a productivity device.

Productivity

GarageBand

Apple has tweaked certain apps for the iPad 2's launch, including GarageBand, which lets users compose music.

GarageBand

iMovie

The touch-optimized iMovie is another revamped app released in conjunction with the iPad 2.

iMovie

E-Mail

The iPad 2's e-mail takes advantage of its wider screen.

E-Mail

Music

iTunes also takes advantage of the iPad 2's screen real estate.

Music

E-Reader

The iPad's e-reader application, backed by Apple's e-bookstore, makes it a formidable opponent to dedicated e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook.

E-Reader

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