Cupertino (Calfornia), Mar 3 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on Wednesday introduced the world to a faster and leaner iPad — the second generation of the hugely popular tablet computer — with no promises to the Indian market once again.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B003K1EYM6″ display=”inlinepost”]Just over a month ago the company finally decided to bring out the first-gen iPad to India, over eight months after it hit U.S. store shelves and apparently just to dump stale hardware in the run up to this big launch.
The new iPad, about 33 percent thinner, 0.2 pounds lighter, featuring twice as much processing power and nine-times better graphics performance, with two cameras and ten hours of battery life will also come in a white model apart from the black.
But the device still does not carry a USB port or a SD card slot and forces users to conform to Apple’s quirks of not allowing applications and software that don’t get its approval first or, for that matter, freely manage their own files on their own iPad.
The iPad releases on March 11 in the United States and on March 25 in 26 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and UK.
Prices have been kept the same, which begin at USD 499 for the 16GB WiFi model and go up to USD 829 for added storage and connectivity via 3G. The new iPad will have both CDMA and GSM capabilities.
With no official release date for the India and the Apple website posting just a sad “Notify Me” button — same as last time — for consumers here procuring a iPad 2 will involve lots of hoop dances yet again.