The second-generation of the iPad has been released. The device that kicked off the tablet computing boom. is 15 per cent lighter than the original iPad and sports front- and rear-facing cameras.
The iPad 2, will start at $US499 and ship in the US on March 11 and expand to 26 more countries on March 25.
It has the same 10-hour battery life, though it has a more powerful dual-core processor.
The new iPad 2 is a third thinner than the iPhone 4.
Since the tablet debuted in April last year Apple shares have risen 48 per cent, 37 percentage points more than the Standard & Poor’s 500, according to FactSet.
15 million iPads were sold in 2010 generated around $US10 billion in revenue for Apple.