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Steve Jobs unveils iPad 2 at Yerba Buena

by Kelly MacNeil on March 3, 2011

Despite his medical leave and the consistent rumors surrounding his declining health, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 2, according to CNN.

"Technology alone is not enough. Technology married with liberal arts, humanities, yields the result that makes our hearts sing," said Jobs to the audience.

The new iPad 2 will feature front and rear-facing cameras, and will be 33 percent lighter than the first-generation iPad, which weighs about 1.5 pounds.

For those who have only recently bought the original iPad – within the past two weeks – Apple is offering customers the option of returning the original and waiting for iPad 2, or receiving a $100 refund, according to Apple Insider.

The iPad 2 will sell at the same price as the original $499 iPad, and will go on sale in under two weeks, on March 11.

There were many things that Jobs did not mention during his speech on Wednesday, according to CNN. The Apple chief, for example, did not talk about memory space.

"How much memory will the new iPad have? We don't know, because Jobs didn't tell us. …Could it be because its memory is exactly the same as the original iPad — 256 megabytes? That would look embarrassingly paltry next to iPad competitors such as the Motorola Xoom or the HP Touchpad, which both boast 1 gigabyte of RAM," wrote Chris Taylor, of CNN.

Many of the new features on the iPad 2 were "technically possible" for the original iPad, implying that Apple might be slowly releasing each version of the iPad with just enough new features to entice new buyers.

Those who would like to have cloud sync, higher memory and stereo speakers may want to wait for iPad 3, according to the news source. 

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