By Max Clarke
Apple's iPad 2, the second-generation of its third post-PC device, will go on sale in 25 additional countries today, March 25.
“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can't wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”
"The iPad has not only changed the game for companies, it's turned the business world upside down." Commented Charlie Cowan, CEO of cloud services provider Keboko.
"With a web-enabled tablet in hand, workers can truly work from anywhere, whether that's updating reports on the train, accessing the cloud from a coffee shop, or sending a client a quote before you've even left their office. So it's no surprise that Deloitte has predicted that companies will purchase 10 million tablet devices in 2011, a quarter of all anticipated tablet PC sales.
Continued Cowan: "Not only is the iPad speeding up the adoption of tablet PCs, it's driving demand for cloud computing. Smart businesses have realised that workers can be more productive if their IT allows them to be flexible. By combining the cloud with tablets, companies can help their workforce become more agile, whilst making significant cost efficiencies."
iPad 2 will be available at Apple retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers at 5 p.m. local time, and online through the Apple Store® beginning at 1 a.m.
iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.