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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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Jobs: iPad has competitors flummoxed

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Apple's Steve Jobs took the stage immediately today as part of the iPad 2 event with 15 million sold and 90% market share. That's more than every tablet PC ever sold.

Jobs said it "flummoxed" competitors. While some made fun of Jobs calling iPad magical, and others complained about the price, Jobs said to "ask our competitors now". (Referring to the difficulty in matching iPad's price point.)

Jobs showed off 65,000 apps for iPad and 100 -- and they were being generous, he says -- for Android 3.0 Honeycomb and then went into a video of Apple execs, users, educators, professionals, and others proclaiming 2010 the year of the iPad.

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iBooks: 100 million downloads, Random House bringing 17,000 titles

As part of the iPad 2 event today Apple announced that their iBooks ebook store has enjoyed over 100 million downloads since launching alongside the original iPad in 2010. Also, as previously noted, Random House has finally become the last major publisher to sign on and will be bringing 17,000 additional titles to the iBookstore.

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TiPb talking iPad 2 launch on ABC15

Our very own senior editor, Rene Ritchie went on ABC15 this morning to chat about the iPad 2 launch with the always awesome Kirk Yuhnke. What changes will we see? Will the current iPad stick around at a reduced price? Will Steve Jobs show up?

Rene tries to guess but we'll know for sure in just under an hour. Video after the break!

[ABC15.com]

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