Apple releases iTunes 10.2

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Well that didn’t take long, earlier today people began noticing that the tech site for the newly announced iPad 2 mentioned that iTunes version 10.2 was needed, and now Apple has already released the new version for download. This update includes support for the upcoming iOS 4.3 and improved Home Sharing.

Specifically, Apple notes:

What’s new in iTunes 10.2

– Sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.
– Improved Home Sharing. Browse and play from your iTunes libraries with Home Sharing on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.3.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The download is 35.5 MB and can be found in Software Update or directly from the Apple website Go and get it!

Apple introduces new iPad 2!!!

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Copied from Gizmodo.com

The iPad 2 is arriving to stores on March 11. It is a lot faster than the previous generation, a lot thinner—one third no less!—and lighter, and it has two cameras built-in—on in the front for video-conference and one for high definition video and photos on the back. Here are all the details you need to know about Apple’s new tablet:

The hardware

Contrary to the rumors, the new iPad 2 has been improved a lot internally. Faster processor, faster graphics, HDMI Full HD output, the 720p HD camera on the back, the frontal VGA camera… it’s quite a new beast.


The good

• Dual-core 1GHz A5 processor, which is “up to two times faster” than the previous version, Steve says.
• The graphics have been improved too. The GPU goes at nine times the speed as before.
• Same low power consumption as the A4.
• Built-in cameras for photos and video: One for frontal FaceTime videoconferencing and Photobooth (VGA resolution) and one on the back with 720p HD video capability.
• The cameras support the same exposure and focus control as the iPhones: Just tap where you want to focus for video and stills photography.
• It also has a built-in gyroscope, like the iPhone 4.
• They claim that the 25-watt battery’s life is 10 hours “on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music”. Just like before, but in a much thinner package. They also claim one month stand-by time.
• HDMI mirrored video output at 1080p Full HD (the Apple Digital AV Adapter cable costs $39).

The bad

• The only thing that remains the same is the 9.7-inch 1024 x 768-pixel IPS display. We were all looking to a higher pixel density, but that will have to wait till the next generation.
• For those who were expecting Thunderbolt support, they will have to wait for a future generation (if it ever comes).
• The Wi-Fi model still lacks a GPS, using Wi-Fi location services.

Clever cover
They are also shipping a new cover, which seems quite ingenious (unlike the hideous cover they had before). It attaches magnetically to the iPad 2 and it covers only the screen, adding minimal weigh and bulk. Inside, it has a microfiber lining to clean the glass every time to move it. You can fold it to hold the iPad 2 in any position you want.

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The design

This thing is really pretty. Thinner than the iPhone 4 and 33% thinner than the current iPad. That’s going from 13.4mm (more than a centimeter) to 8.8 millimeters (0.34 inches). For reference, the iPhone 4 is 9.3 millimeters. The weight is going down too: From 1.5 pounds to 1.3 pounds. It also comes in two colors, black and white, “shipping from day one”.

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When and how much?

The new iPad will come on March 11 to the US, and the 3G model will be available on both AT&T and Verizon networks. Internationally, the intro date will be March 25 in 26 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and UK.

The prices will remain the same across the line. The Wi-Fi model will come for $499, $599, and $699 for the 16, 32 and 64GB models. The 3G takes that to $629, $729, and $829.


Apple announces new Smart Covers for iPad with sensor!

While the original Apple iPad case didn’t win any design awards, the newest accessory from Apple might just turn heads, during the presentation of the new iPad 2 Apple introduced a new product called Smart Covers.

The case will come in five colors in both polyurethane and leather — the poly costing $39 and the leather $69. The cover is more like a cover flap that leaves the back of the iPad exposed. It’s held on by magnets, which are said to help auto-align the cover with the iPad. It has a microfiber lining that will clean the screen.

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As we speculated in the past the cover will wake the iPad when you peel it back, and put it back to sleep when you close it.

Steve Jobs makes surprise visit during iPad 2 event!!!

To much surprise, Steve Jobs is present today for the announcement of the iPad 2.

Since Jobs went out on medical leave on January 17, we have only been able to catch a few glimpses of him in public, including at a dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama.

However today the legend returned! “We’ve been working on this product for awhile, and I didn’t want to miss it,” Jobs said to the crowd, who gave him a standing ovation. It’s good to see you, Steve!

Where to follow the iPad 2 event live!

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The release of the much anticipated and rumored iPad 2 is finally here, Apple has once again called journalists to an event, where it is expected they will unveil the new iPad 2, and perhaps give a glimpse of iOS 5. We will keep you posted on the news from the event.

The Apple Press Conference starts at 10am PST on March 2nd. These sites have been known to live blog in the past, if you know any other just leave a comment!

1. Gizmodo Live Link

2. MacRumors Live Live Link

3. Engadget Live Link

4. ArsTechnica Live Link

5. MobileCrunch Live Link

6. CNET Live Link

These are the Times around the globe:

07:00AM – Hawaii

10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern

06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
02:00AM – Tokyo (March 3)