Ladies, gentlemen and readers - Apple iPad 2 and WiFi hotspots
Here it is then, the shiniest piece of tablet gadgetry that you'll all moan you don't see the point of - Apple's iPad 2. It's so good that Steve Jobs came back from sick leave to spout on about it, all while writing off the competition and describing exactly how 'magical' the iPad is:
Available in black and white, the iPad 2 has forward and rear cameras, it's slimmer and lighter and faster, and it's available in the UK from 25th March. And it costs the same price as the current iPad - at least in the US. There'll also be a series of magnetised coloured screen covers, which look like little more than pool covers.
Over 15 million iPads were sold in the first nine months, and Apple are expecting their new baby to do just as well. Just don't call it a tablet. According to Apple, it's a 'post-PC device'. Got that? Good.
More interesting news came by way of the latest version of the iPhone and iPad operating system. The next version, iOS 4.3 will allow for personal WiFi hotspots - meaning your iPhone 4 will be able to share a 3G connection with other devices. Standby for lots of customers realising exactly how limited 500Mb really is. It's something Android has been able to do for an age, before you start.
There are also plenty of apps coming to the new iPad, too. Photo Booth jumps from the Mac the iPad, meaning a further onslaught of Warhol-esque multi-coloured headshots. Facetime will also be available for the iPad 2, obviously, with iMovie and Garage Band too.
Other news from today's Apple event - 100 million books have been bought from the iBooks Store in less than a year, and it's about to get a huge boost; publishers Random House are about to make over 17,000 titles available. Jobs also announced iPhone sales of over 100 million.
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