iPad 2 announced

The iPad 2 has been officially announced and will be available in the UK on the 25th March.

Many of the features of the new device have arrived exactly as expected. It has a new dual-core A5 chip, a front facing camera for FaceTime, and a new thinner, lighter design. It’s also available in a choice of white and black.

Interestingly though, there is no change to the resolution of the display – something most people were expecting ever since the launch of the Retina display on the iPhone 4 last summer.

What’s completely new here is the ‘Smart Cover’, a multipurpose magnetic cover which is designed to protect the iPad 2’s screen, and act as a vertical or horizontal stand. When the cover is lifted off the screen the device wakes, and sleeps as soon as it is replaced.

All round, it is a incremental update from last year’s model. Having the same display and battery life means it’s not a compelling upgrade from the original device, and we can’t be sure it deserved the ‘come see what 2011 will be the year of’ slogan on the press conference advert, but no doubt the iPad 2 will continue to define the tablet market.

Do you already own the iPad? Will you be buying iPad 2?

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