Jobs Unveils iPad 2

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Apple unveiled the iPad 2 Wednesday, and while none of the device's specifications were especially shocking, the biggest surprise of the day was the appearance of CEO Steve Jobs. Jobs, who embarked earlier this year on a medical leave of absence, introduced the new iPad and also gave the bulk of the presentation.

The biggest changes to the iPad 2 from the original are a 33 percent thinner form factor, the addition of front- and rear-facing cameras, a gyroscope. The device is also available in both black and white colors, and 3G versions will work with both AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The iPad 2 will also offer HDMI-out capability and a new chip.

The iPad 2 will arrive in stores March 25, with preorders opening March 11. The WiFi-only version is priced at $499, $599 and $699, with Wi-Fi/3G models going for $629, $729 and $829, depending on 16, 32 or 64GB size.

Apple also announced that iOS 4.3, on which the iPad 2 will run, is scheduled to arrive March 11 on the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. And Jobs shared stats from Apple: the company has sold 100 million iPhones, and there are now 200 million iTunes accounts. 

See Apple's iPad page
for more information, or our sister site Appletell for a live blog of the event.

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