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Apple releases iTunes 10.2 to support iOS 4.3, iPad 2

Apple today released iTunes 10.2, an update that offers support for syncing iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone running the forthcoming iOS 4.3, as well as the new Home Sharing feature (think AirPlay but going from your Mac or Windows PC to your iOS device). We're pretty sure it also offers support for the newly announced iPad 2 as well.

We're downloading now via Software Update. If you get it, let us know if you spot any other improvements!

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Original iPads now on sale $100 off

Not convinced by the grandeur and splendor of the iPad 2? You're in luck. Now that the new hotness is coming on March 11th, the old hotness is getting a price break. Here's how the prices now break down:

  • iPad 16g WiFi Only: $399
  • iPad 32g WiFi Only: $499
  • iPad 64g WiFi Only: $599
  • iPad 16g WiFi + 3G: $529
  • iPad 32g WiFi + 3G: $629
  • iPad 64g WiFi + 3G: $729

2010 was the year of the iPad (see the video after

Anybody looking to save some cash and go with first-gen? Oh, and by the way, you can't pre-order the iPad 2 ....yet.

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iPad 2 Videos: 'A Blockbuster Post-PC Device" and Smart Cover

Apple has posted up a video touting the features of the iPad 2 - from it's insane thinness and weight, the front-and-rear-facing cameras, the SmartCover accessory, to PhotoBooth, to HDMI video mirroring, to the powerful A5 chip, to the 9x faster graphics, to the fact that the battery life is still 10 hours after all that.

Apple has also posted a video that explains better than words how the Smart Cover works. It's a magnetic cover for the screen that can be folded back and around itself to turn into a stand to hold the iPad either in a typing position or in a video-watching position.

Check them out after the break!

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GarageBand for iPad: $4.99 on March 11th

With GarageBand for iPad, Apple is showing that the iPad 2 isn't just for consuming media, but also for creating it. They gave a rather long demo of the app today, showing off a slew of music creating and editing features that will make your old Four Track look like, well, an very old Four Track.

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iOS 4.3 for Verizon iPhone -- missing in action?

Apple just announced iOS 4.3 was coming March 11... but didn't mention the Verizon iPhone in the list of supported devices. Was that just an oversight, are we overly sensitive, or will the CDMA radio stack require some additional time for Apple to get iOS 4.3 out to the device?

It's not like Verizon owners will miss personal hotspot, but if it does take longer we'll miss Apple's previously rock-solid record of delivering updates to all devices, all at once.

Again, maybe we're over reacting so more as this develops...

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iOS 4.3 previewed at iPad 2 event, coming March 11

VP of iOS, Scott Forstall took the stage as part of Apple's iPad 2 event to show off more features for iOS 4.3:

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Apple shows off iPad 2 Smart Covers

Along with the new iPad 2, Apple showed off a "Smart Cover" accessory. It connects magnetically to the iPad and will automatically turn it on when it opens and off when it closes. They're also segmented so you can prop the iPad up in various ways.

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Apple announces 1080p HDMI out for mirrored iPad display

As part of the iPad 2 event today Apple announced a new $39 HDMI accessory that will do full display mirroring for iPad up to 1080p. It will work with all apps, requires no setup or configuration, and can pass through power so you can charge while playing your games and videos on the big screen.

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Apple introduces iPad 2, ships March 11

Steve Jobs today announced Apple's iPad 2, with an all-new design that's 33% thinner -- 8.8mm -- 0.2lbs lighter -- 1.3lbs total -- and includes an Apple A5 processor. The A5 boasts dual-core 2x CPU speed and 9x graphics speeds. Other hardware improvements include front and rear FaceTime cameras, a gyroscope, and more.

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