On March 2, 2011, Steve Jobs, who is the CEO of Apple, launched the new version of the iPad tablet computer. iPad 2 is faster than the original, lighter in weight, has two cameras on the front and back, and is priced between 499 and 829 dollars depending on the model.
The iPad 2 has a brand new design with several improvements. When the users will take it in hand, the feeling will be completely different as the device is thinner than the iPhone 4, and its weight has reduced from about 680 to 590 grams. iPad 2 will be equipped with the operating system iOS 4.3 which will also be available for other mobile devices from Apple. Personal Hotspot function is one of the major innovations offered by iOS 4.3. The tablet is equipped with a front camera and another at the rear, and can shoot in high definition (HD). FaceTime video conversations will be possible. However the battery life remains at 10 hours. Commenting on the success of the iPad launched in April 2010 in the United States and the rest of the world, Mr. Jobs remembered that people made fun of them when they used the word “magic” but it proved magical, and people were not sure that its price is competitive. In fact the competitors had trouble matching price and performance similar to those of the iPad.
Apple announced on this occasion that the largest publisher in the U.S., Random House, rendered its catalog of 17,000 digital books available on its online bookstore, iBookstore.