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iPad 2 Frequently Asked Questions


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Last Updated: October 12, 2011

With the first-generation iPad a runaway success, expectations for the iPad 2 were high. Apple may not have delivered on some of the wilder hopes and speculation, the iPad 2 adds a number of important and valuable features. Here are some of the most common questions about the iPad 2.

iPad Specs

What operating system does the iPad 2 use?
The iPad 2 will ship with iOS 4.3.

How much storage does the iPad 2 offer?
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

How heavy is the iPad 2
1.3 pounds (1.34/1.35 pounds for the 3G version from Verizon and AT&T respectively). This is 0.2 pounds lighter than the first-generation model.

What are the iPad 2's dimensions
9.5 inches tall x 7.31 wide x 0.34 thick.

What is the screen size?
9.7 inches

What is the screen's resolution?
1024 x 768 pixels.

Does the iPad 2 support Bluetooth accessories?
Some, yes. See the full scope of the iOS's Bluetooth support.

What does the iPad 2 cost?
With six models, this is a complicated question. Check out this article for a breakdown.

When does it come out?
March 11 in the U.S. March 25 in 26 other countries.

Where can I buy an iPad?
The iPad 2 is for sale at many stores. Read this article for all the details.


iPad OS and Apps

Will my old iPhone apps work on the iPad? Will old iPad apps work?
Yes. Just as with the first-generation iPad, the iPad 2 is compatible with nearly all iPhone apps. Existing iPad apps should pose a problem either.

Does it run Flash?
Nope. Just like all iOS devices, still no Flash.

Can the iPad 2 run more than one app at the same time?
Some, yes. While the iOS doesn't offer full multitasking, some apps can run in the background.

Does the iPad 2 support other ebook formats besides iBooks?
Yes. This article has the full list.


Wireless Features

Does the iPad 2 have GPS?
It depends on which model you have. The WiFi/3G models offer full assisted GPS (AGPS) like the iPhone 3GS. The WiFi-only models uses WiFi and like the original iPhone for their location services.

Do all iPad 2 models have 3G cellular connections?
No. There are three models - one in each capacity size - with 3G.

Who is the 3G carrier?
AT&T and Verizon in the U.S.

Can the iPad 2 work with other carriers?
Maybe. Apple touts the device as unlocked, but it doesn't work with T-Mobile in the U.S. due to differences in the networks and the chips used in the iPad 2.

Do I have to buy 3G service when I buy an iPad 2?
No. The 3G service is optional. If you don't want it, you can buy a WiFi-only model.

If I buy the 3G service, do I sign a two-year contract?
No. The iPhone requires a two-year contract, but the iPad 2 does not. With iPad 2, you pay month to month and can cancel at any time without penalty.

What is the cost of the service?
View all iPad 3G data plans in the U.S.


iPad Battery

What is the iPad 2's battery life?
Apple claims 10 hours of use on a full charge.

Can I squeeze even more life out of the iPad 2's battery?
Sure. Check out these 10 tips for conserving iPad battery life.


iPad 2 Compared

How does the iPad 2 stack up to other Apple products, as well as competing tablets and e-readers?

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