Apple officialy announced iPad 2, will be available from March 11 with iOS 4.3

Finally after loads of rumors, the iPad 2 is officially launched. At the launch event, Steve Jobs took the stage and presented his latest baby to the world – the iPad 2. The sequel to the hottest selling tablet in the world.

It features a 1GHz dual-core A5 chip and cameras, both on the front and rear. It is lighter, faster, and thinner. The iPad 2 is 33 percent thinner than its predecessor, at a mind-melting 8.8mm, and a little lighter at just over 600g.

The iPad 2 packs
  • A5 dual-core processor that provides up to 2x more processing power and 9x faster graphics
  • dual cameras with the front facing camera used for FaceTime video calls
  • 9.7″ (1024 x 768) touchscreen as its predecessor
  • better readability in daylight
  • Battery life: 10 Hours
It will be launching on both Verizon and AT&T, so Apple isn’t playing favorites with either carrier here.

The pricing starting at $499 for a 16GB WiFi-only iPad 2 and stretching up to $829 for a WiFi + 3G SKU with 64GB of storage.The iPad 2 will ship with iOS 4.3 in two colors – black or white, and will be available next week, March 11.

Head over to the official Apple site for more details on the tablet and purchasing info.