To absolutely nobody's surprise, Apple's just announced the second-gen iPad at its on-going San Francisco press conference.
The new iPad is said to be lighter (1.3 pounds down from 1.5) and 33% thinner than the previous iteration (that's thinner than the iPhone 4, Apple boasts) and "dramatically faster" thanks to a dual-core CPU.
How much faster? Apple says the new 'A5' processors will boast "up to 2X CPU" speed and "up to 9X faster graphics". Woot for games!
As rumoured the device will include both front and rear facing cameras, plus a built-in gyroscope motion sensor.
HDMI output is also promised, which can display all Apps at 1080p with a little adapter that'll cost $39.
Despite the extra power and gadgets, the iPad 2 will boast the same 10 hour battery life, the firm promises, and a month of standby power.
The firm's also devised an interesting new cover for the device. It's a four-panel screen cover that clips to the unit via magnets which auto-align it with the screen. It folds in different ways to serve as a stand, either book-style, standing at a slight angle off the table or standing almost vertically. It also wakes the iPad automatically when you lift it off the screen, and auto-sleeps the unit when you put it back.
Both black AND white versions of the iPad 2 are promised on "day one", which will be March 11 for US, and March 25 in 26 other countries including UK.
It will arrive at the same price as the original - the base model being a 16GB WiFi-only SKU for $499. There will also be 32GB and 64GB WiFI versions for $599 and $699 respectively, and you can add $130 to any of the three to include 3G functionality.