Technophiles and Apple lovers rejoice: At a scheduled event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled the next generation iPad, announcing it will be available for purchase in Apple stores on March 11.
In recent months, speculation has reached a fever pitch over when the iPad 2 would be available to buy and what sorts of updates Apple's engineers would make to the tablet computer. Clad in his signature black mock turtleneck and jeans, Jobs told an audience of reporters and technology geeks that the iPad 2 will be about twice as fast as the first generation iPad and will have a rear- and front-facing camera for taking videos and pictures.
"We've been working on this product for a while and I just didn't want to miss this day," Jobs told the crowd. In 2010, Apple sold 15 million units of its iPad and analysts assert that the market for tablet computers will surge more than threefold in 2011. The iPad 2 resembles the first generation iPad in look and feel, but will be offered in both black and white models and is roughly 30 percent lighter – dropping from 1.5 pounds to 1.3 pounds.
Moreover, the newest iPad will have the ability to connect to flat screen televisions through an HDMI connector that Apple will offer at its stores. Apple also unveiled two new apps for the iPad: Updated versions of its iMovie video software and Garage Band music recording software will be offered through its App Store.