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3 years ago

iPad 2 cameras hands-on

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iPad 2 cameras hands-on

The iPad 2 is equipped with two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera and a rear facing 720p HD camera. Check out the video above for example footage with both cameras.

Recording video on the iPad 2 is a little awkward given it's large size, but it gets the job done. Another thing that takes some getting used to is that when using the front-facing camera to record yourself in landscape mode, the camera is positioned to the far left (or right). It feels strange looking so far from the center of the screen because I have grown accustomed to looking at the top of a device or just the screen while recording video. It's clear that you are not looking at the camera if you stare at the screen while recording.

The quality of video taken with the VGA and HD cameras are as expected. In well-lit situations, the HD camera produces excellent results and the VGA camera gives acceptable quality. Both cameras do an ok job in bad lighting situations, but admittedly do better than I was expecting. In fact, while taking footage in my daughter's poorly lit bedroom, the video looked pretty bad; but after uploading it to YouTube and watching on a computer, it didn't look too shabby.

Taking still photographs with the iPad 2 is not nearly as rewarding as video. The photographs come out mediocre even in excellent light conditions. With that said, I was actually rather impressed with the close-up photograph I took of a bush. Digital zoom with the rear-facing camera, however, is awful. It's not even worth your time to test it out.

Considering the fact that the iPad 2 is not, and should not be, regarded as a primary camera, I am content with the quality of the video and photographs obtained with the iPad 2. Of course, I would love to see better cameras, but they do a good enough job for my needs.

To check out the photos taken with the iPad 2, follow along after the break!

Side note: the video above was edited with iMovie on the iPad 2.

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3 years ago

Apple A5 is dual Cortex A9, PowerVR SGX 543MP2

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Apple A5 is dual Cortex A9, PowerVR SGX 543MP2

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3 years ago

Top 5 apps to show off your new iPad 2

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Top 5 apps to show off your new iPad 2

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have apps to load up as soon as you get your new iPad 2

Just get a new iPad 2 and curious which are the best, most must-have apps and games you need to install first? Want to really show off those new cameras or put that new super fast Apple A4 processor to the test? Well read on for TiPb’s top 5 most recommended, most must-have iPad 2 apps to get your started.

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3 years ago

Just get a new iPad 2? Here's what you need next!

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Just get a new iPad 2? Here's what you need next!

Did you just get a sweet new iPad 2? Whether you added it to your collection of iOS devices or you're brand new to the platform, once you're powered up and ready to go... you might just be wondering what you need to know and do next? Don't worry, TiPb has your back!

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3 years ago

US online iPad orders now shipping in 3-4 weeks, in-store supplies low

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US online iPad orders now shipping in 3-4 weeks, in-store supplies low

After shipping almost immediately, then in a matter of days, then a week, Apple has again update their [iPad 2](http://www.imore.com/ipad-2] ordering page -- this time to 3-4 weeks. Many of you have told us that iPad 2 was selling out at Apple stores and other retailers yesterday as well. Sounds like supplies really might have been constrained again this year.

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3 years ago

iPad 2 online orders starting to ship

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iPad 2 online orders starting to ship

Early risers who managed to get their Apple Online Store iPad 2 orders in on Friday are letting us know that they're either preparing to ship or are shipping. We've been tracking orders in the iPad Forum so if you're waiting on that magical UPS or Fedex truck, jump on in and let us know when Apple says your iPad 2 is arriving.

[Thanks Rustyjar79 and

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3 years ago

So did you get your iPad 2?

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So did you get your iPad 2?

Whether you woke up early yesterday morning to order online, waited forever in an Apple Store line, or risked low stocks at a big box or carrier store we want to know if you survived and more importantly -- did you get your iPad 2?!

Let us know your story in the comments below. Where did you go, what iPad 2 model did you get and what accessories did you get with it? And if not -- why not?

Tons of pictures from the lines, including our now traditional TiPb T-Shirt give aways after the break!

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3 years ago

Why does iMovie need location permission to see your Camera Roll?

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Why does iMovie need location permission to see your Camera Roll?

Don't want to give iMovie for iPad the ability to know your location? Well then iMovie for iPad won't let you see your Camera Roll. No, it's not being petulant it's probably just an odd result of the way iOS handles permissions.

Camera Roll may contain geo-location data in the pictures and videos you've taken. If iMovie accesses Camera Roll, it gets access to that location data. My guess is that Apple feels it then needs permission to "see" the location data.

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3 years ago

Ninja Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1

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Ninja Tip: How to install iMovie on the original iPad 1

Consternated that Apple won't let you install the new iMovie app on your original iPad 1 and wondering how to get around that restriction? Sure it doesn't have cameras, a fancy Apple A5 chip or 512MB of RAM but iPad 1 can still handle some light video editing so if that's what you've got and iMovie is what you want, stay with us after the break and we reckon to show you how to get it!

WARNING: It may not work on Windows, it may disappear the minute you sync again with iTunes, it could cause conflicts in syncing with iTunes requiring a restore, and could otherwise aim to misbehave. Unless you really need iMovie on your original iPad, you may want to avoid this an just get ReelDirector off the App Store.

[fscklog via 9to5Mac]

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3 years ago

iPad vs iPad 2: RAM performance in Mobile Safari

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iPad vs iPad 2: RAM performance in Mobile Safari

As you can see from the video above, the iPad 2 using the Apple A5 chip combined with more RAM performs much better than the original iPad when browsing in Mobile Safari. If you load up all nine tabs, you'll see that the original iPad starts to choke up pretty badly when compared to the iPad 2. This is due to the original iPad only coming with 256MB of RAM while iPad 2 comes packed with 512MB. (We hoped for as much as 1GB in the video before getting more test results back. Maybe next year!.)

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