iPad 2 Launch 2011-03-10 10:05:24 Everything You Need to Know About Buying an iPad 2 [Updated] Mar 10 2011 • By Kristy Ellington 0 2 The iPad 2 is launching on Friday — will you be buying? If you're not sure, find out everything you need to know to make an informed decision here. Improved Specs in the iPad 2 What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 The iPad 2 will come with improved hardware specs, including a faster dual core A5 processor, two cameras, 10 hours of battery life, and a thinner body. Bonus — it will be coming in black and white! Prices will start at $499 for a 16GB WiFi version and go up to $829 for a 64GB WiFi+3G model. You Can Get 3G on AT&T or Verizon What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Both AT&T and Verizon announced their 3G data plans for the iPad 2. So far, things are looking pretty affordable. It's Coming Stocked With iOS 4.3 What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 New features in the iPad 2 are more than just hardware-related. The latest version of iOS — iOS 4.3 — will bring some welcome additions like FaceTime, Airplay, iTunes home sharing, and more. New Apps! What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 The improved hardware and OS upgrades will allow the iPad 2 to run more complex apps like GarageBand and iMovie. You Can Pick Up an iPad 2 in More Than One Location What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 The Apple store isn't the only place you can find an iPad 2 for sale this Friday. Swing by your local Best Buy, Sam's Club, or Walmart as well as Target, Verizon and AT&T stores to get your hands on one. The iPad 2 will be available for preorder at 1 a.m. PST online, and will be available in stores at 5 p.m. across the country. How It Stacks Up to the Competition What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 The iPad was obviously a hit in 2010, but how does the iPad 2 stack up to the new batch of tablets hitting the market in 2011? Missing Ingredients What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 While there are some hardware and software upgrades to the iPad 2, there are some things we wish we'd seen coming with this version, including better cameras, built-in HDMI and SD slots, and 4G capabilities. There Are Plenty of Cases to Choose From What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 While you could snatch up Apple's original Smart Cover, there are other full-coverage options to consider as well.