iPad 2 goes on sale

Dual-camera tablet debuts on East Coast, set to go on sale at 5 p.m. local time in other time zones.

Just over one week after it was unveiled, the iPad 2 went on sale today on the East Coast at 5 p.m. EST. The launch, which is being live-blogged at GameSpot sibling site CNET, saw hundreds of Apple enthusiasts camped out, with lines snaking down New York City sidewalks. Apple stores were shut down during the latter part of the day to allow employees to stock shelves with iPad 2s, and there was no guarantee that supplies would last once the tablets went on sale.

People lined up for the iPad 2 in NYC. image credit: CNET.

Launching at 5 p.m. in other US time zones, the iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than its predecessor, but it boasts the same screen size and resolution. It will sport a new dual-core A5 processor but will still have the same battery life of 10 hours. The device will also be available in two colors: black and white.

The biggest additions to the device are rear- and front-facing cameras. The latter is a VGA camera that can be used for FaceTime video chat with iPad 2 and iPhone 4 owners. The former can shoot 720p HD video, which can be edited with iMovie App for the iPad, also due on March 11. Both cameras can take pictures that can then be altered using the iPad's Photo Booth software.

The iPad 2 will also have the ability to mirror video on larger-screen displays such as HDTVs via an HDMI output. However, an adaptor--sold separately for $39--will be required.

Pricing of the iPad 2 begins at $499 for the 16GB model, rising to $599 for the 32GB model and to $699 for the 64GB model. The iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G costs $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB, and $829 for the 64GB model. Purchasers have a choice of two wireless service providers: Verizon or AT&T.

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142 comments
woodyfr
woodyfr

@jhpeter and to all who don't know a **** about the iPad you can use Flash (games, videos even ads !) just use iSwifter (there's a free version)… (and no I don't have an iPad but I know what I talk about).

gameking5000
gameking5000

@ersten The ipad has apps which cannot be used on a PS3. It can be a book reader, it has 3G, it has got a camera and it is used by many businessmen and some schools use it. And of course it has ITunes.

ersten
ersten

Looks like the Apple elite is doing a thumbs down rampage lol. I always knew that RIM had more education than these clowns.

Triton
Triton

Sounds like the Have and Have-Nots. Ordered mine, 3-4 weeks out from the apple store. Guess will see it some time next month. That's fine with me, as I skipped the 1st gen and been waiting for this version, another month won't matter.

Triton
Triton

Sounds like the Have and Have-Nots. Ordered mine, 3-4 weeks out from the apple store. Guess will see it some time next month. That's fine with me, as I skipped the 1st gen and been waiting for this version, another month won't matter.

Talldude80
Talldude80

so did ANYONE on gamespot get one of these things? I have some rich customers that have Ipads sometimes, but I can't afford much Apple stuff (other than an Ipod)

ersten
ersten

What can I do with an Icrap that I couldn't do with my PS3? Itunes? Wah ha ha!!

jhpeter
jhpeter

Who cares about this overpriced blogger tool without any flash?

true_hurdler
true_hurdler

@coaltango The iPad 2 has been tested to be able to take 10+ hours of heavy use on its 3G network...in case you were wondering, thats pretty damn good my friend

KungfuKitten
KungfuKitten

Wow does this mean the iPad 1 actually was a success? Never seen anyone with one.

ElPadilla
ElPadilla

Kudos to Apple for making overpriced inferior technology a must have fashion accessory.Those sheep waiting in line are pathetic.

OmegaAK47
OmegaAK47

Not that much of a apple fan.

megakick
megakick

apple has made announcements for gaming consoles in the past, fanboys would buy it because it is apple and its hip to buy. lemmings.

seekerofkiwi
seekerofkiwi

If you've been into any of their stores. The empolyees are a bunch of snotty asses when you ask them any question.

steelmouth
steelmouth

I really wonder what if Apple got in to consoles, so far they have proven to be the "cool gargets" company Ohh about the iPad, PASS

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

@ Gadrath It just seems so hilarious to me how people match "overpriced" and "iPad" together when it's the cheapest tablet out on the market.

jimy1475
jimy1475

these all people-brain damage

riariases
riariases

The iPad is pretty cool I gotta say, but the iPad 2 isn't as big of a difference as Apple said it was. Its still pretty pro though. But the iPad has got to be the most underpowered tablet pc on the market. Apple says its to conserve battery life but HP has the HP slate 500 that runs windows 7 professional, has flash support and adobe and plenty of things that eat up the battery life but still has 8 hours of battery. And on top of that its got 64gb built in, usb ports, SD card slot, an HDMI port that comes with it(you dont have to buy it separatelly), 3G, a front and back camera, much better specs than the iPad 2, and all the features of windows 7, all for $500. Clearly Apple isn't really being fair because when you compare products, the iPad 2 should be going for $350.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

God I cant stand Apple. I will admit straight up I am a PC lover through and through. I never understood how the Gov't could go after MS for being a monopoly when their software made it possible for thousands of hardware developers to make components work together. Specially when I saw Apple and the way they operate. Their software only working with their hardware seemed like a clear monopoly too me. Aside from that, I don't understand the facination with apple. Their products are way over priced and they are inferior to PC products that are built properly. Admittedly I build my own machines and have the skills and knowledge to service my laptops, phones, Desktops.... But I would never spend the kind of money Apple demands for their products. And buying one of their products also means you have no control over anything with the purchased device. Anything that needs to be looked at must be taken care of through an Apple vendor otherwise you void the warentee... its nutz. But people buy the products up like cookies so.. what are ya gonna do... Uhhh.... Apple is satan... good day.... LOL

Oliem
Oliem

@coaltango ... have you ever used an apple product? iPhones battery life isn't the best, but its stupid when people compare it to a normal phone which they don't use hardly as much. Macbooks have excellent battery life as do iPods...

benboz
benboz

I can't wait to get mine when it comes to Australia.

aidsleen
aidsleen

@puffadell as a matter of fact, yes, the new iphone will be the next announcement.

snipeshot11
snipeshot11

@Gadrath : I Laugh at you because your a fanboy.

puffadell
puffadell

well whats next iphone 5 i suppose

Gadrath
Gadrath

I laugh at all the apple drones lining up in the rain to buy this overpriced and outdated tech. I swear when the ipad 3 comes out I'm gonna go to the NYC store and point fingers at them.

coaltango
coaltango

all apple products have one thing in common, their battery life sucks.

chrindal
chrindal

Galaxy Tab and the Xoom are terrible tablets. i would get the ipad if i had to choose

firedrakes
firedrakes

i could care less for a overprice. under powered toy

hoboman2
hoboman2

Wow. I have never seen so many haters. I don't have an ipad myself but jeez.

DantheMan9856
DantheMan9856

seriously? $830 for a 64GB model? It's not even worth it as you could barely store anything on it.

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

What is the point of this thing?? I can't really think of a situation where an iPad would be necessary...I mean it seems like most of its functions are already incorporated into phones.

CyberKlown28
CyberKlown28

Why is this non-gaming machine on a game website? Sure it can play games, but so can T-89 Calculators. and 500-830 + angry birds doesn't add up well compared to PS3+dozens of amazing games, or Wii + dozens of great games, or 360 + Halo Reach!

tunaface
tunaface

Look at me. I'm so smug with my new apple ipad 2. I like to smell my own farts too.

B-B-B-BOOM
B-B-B-BOOM

Apple really has to be praised for its audacity. It seems that you can't buy an iProduct nowadays without it being made obsolete a few months down the line.

mightEone
mightEone

I think I'll wait til the iPad 3 comes out in a few months...

mjsmears
mjsmears

I personaly love apple, and there products! yes they can have problems but there 9/10; solid pieces of kit. I love my ipad and use it for a range of tasks. just stop hating on a company that is obviously taking over the world, and surport them........over wise they will kill you when applecare goes live..... Judgement Day

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

wow dual cameras -ya dsi already has them apple so wai in line hahaha in fact 3ds has 3 ! any one willing to pay 600 for a han\dheld better not be one of those complainers about the 3ds price lol

GOON22
GOON22

all i gotta say is at the end of day people gonna buy and play what they want nuff said

mtait01
mtait01

the ipad looks awesome... ive been eyeing them up for a while now but i just dont know what i use it for. People who i know who own one say that the product is screaming for a usb port... and this doesnt have one? WHY? my consoles, my camera, hell even my digital photoframe at least have a USB Port!

suprsolider
suprsolider

Sure their games are cheap, but compare those cheap ass games to our console games and you will find that their games are shallow and don't last very long. While console games have more content and last longer than about a hr.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@Gothic-360: Like I said before, no Apple device will be "out of date" within a month. They have a predictable yearly release cycle that prevents anyone from getting burned by not knowing that a new release was imminent. Secondly, consoles *do* have longer life cycles, but they're not multifunction devices. They typically do one thing very well (play games). And most of the investment isn't in the console; it's in the games themselves. So over that six-year cycle, we've probably still spent well over $1,000 to keep your habit going. (I shudder to think how much I've spent on games over the past six years.) My point basically is that I can't worry every time a new piece of electronics shows up. Does my PS3 get less valuable to me because there's a new slim model? Does my XBOX 360 stop working because there's a shiny new one available? Oh no...Nintendo just released a red Wii! I mean, where does it stop? Just play your games and stop hating on folks for buying whatever they buy. PS -- @Gothic-360: I voted your comment "up" not because I agree with it completely, but because you actually made sense and didn't resort to calling me names. ;-)