Difference Between iPad and iPad 2

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iPad (iPad 1) and iPad 2, the first and second generation iPads from Apple are dominating the tablet market since 2010. With the introduction of several new tablets such as Motorola Xoom, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Blackberry PlayBook, Dell Streak 7, HTC Flyer and LG Optimus Pad everyone thought that Apple is going to lose the market grip. Apple shook that thought by releasing their second generation iPad 2 to the market within 10 days of the launch. iPad and iPad 2 are both similar in design. The display of iPad 2 is also the same. However, the new iPad 2 is slimmer, lighter, faster and has more features than iPad. It has used a brand new chip set called Apple A5. The A5 chip set is built with dual core 1GHz application processors and the GPU used in the chip set is also a better one than that used in A4 processor. Apple claims that the clock speed of the new A5 processor in iPad 2 is double that of the processor in iPad. The performance of the GPU in the A5 chipset is also nine plus times better compared to the one used in iPad. iPad 2 also comes with a new operating system iOS 4.3 and sports two cameras, 5MP at the rear and another at the front to use with FaceTime for video chat (FaceTime is carrier dependent application, available in all Wi-Fi models). The other improvement is the RAM size;  the RAM is doubled from the 256 MB in iPad to 512 MB in iPad 2.

Unlike iPad’s two variations, iPad 2 has 3 variations. It has Wi-Fi only model and two 3G models one for GSM network and the other support CDMA network. In US, the GSM model is available with AT&T and the CDMA model is available with Verizon from March 11, 2011. iPad 2 also offers two color option; it has white and black models.


1. iPad 2 is amazingly slim and light; it is just 8.8 mm (0.34 inches) thin and weighs 1.33 pounds; that is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than iPad. However, the display (9.7 inches, 1024×768 pixels with IPS technology) and the body design remain the same (Single slab of aluminum in the back and the face is the same scratch resistance oleophobic coated glass). Only a slight different in the design, iPad 2 has angled edges. The edges are tapered; that has helped to reduce the weight.

2. Two cameras are new in iPad 2, a 5 MP rear camera with the capability for 720p HD video recording and a front-facing camera for video chat using FaceTime. There is no flash for the camera.

3. More powerful 1 GHz dual core A5 processor is used in iPad 2. iPad is built with 1GHz A4 processor.

4. Main memory is doubled; iPad 2 has 512 MB while iPad has only 256 MB.


1. iPad 2 offers better multitasking experience with the support of 1GHz dual core high performance A5 application processor, 512 MB RAM and the improved iOS 4.3.

2. The new A5 processor’s clock speed is twice faster than A4 and 9 plus times better (in practice we can expect 5 – 7 times better performance) on graphics while it consumes low power as like A4 processor.

3. Excellent browsing experience – the Safari browser is improved with Nitro JavaScript engine with the iOS 4.3 upgrade. When both run iOS 4.3, iPad 2 shows about 80% better performance than iPad and pages load around 35% faster than iPad.

Apple iPad 2 with its excellent performance will be a benchmark product in Apple’s Smartphone and Tablet Family.

Additional Features

1. HDMI capability – user can connect to HDTV via Apple digital AV adapter (cost an extra US$39). It has HDMI mirroring capability, but mirroring is not available for video playback.

2. The new operating system iOS 4.3 has improved on some features and added additional features like iTunes home sharing, PhotoBooth, improved iMovie ($4.99 from App Store) and improved AirPlay. With the improved AirPlay, user can wireless stream their media content to HDTV or speakers via AppleTV.

3. Preference for iPad Switch to mute or for rotation lock and parental control to restrict access to some applications are two other new features in iOS 4.3.

4. New application GarageBand ($4.99 from App Store)

However, iPad is also compatible with iOS 4.3 and iPad users can upgrade their OS to 4.3. Now it is iOS 4.3.1 (released 25 March 2011)


1. Smart Cover – Apple introduces a new bendable magnetic case for iPad 2, named ‘Smart Cover.’ The smart cover will cost an extra US $39.

2. Wireless Keyboard – a thin keyboard which can be connected over Bluetooth

3. iPad 2 Dock

Apple Digital AV adapter is same as the previous one. These accessories are not included to the box; users have to buy them separately. iPad 1 accessories are compatible with iPad 2, however, due to the reduced thickness the first generation dock will not be a perfect fit.


iPad 2 will be available in the US market from March 11th and to the global market starting from March 25th.

Market Price differences for iPad and iPad 2 (iPad 3G and iPad Wi-Fi with 16GB,32 GB and 64 GB)

iPadiPad 2iPadiPad 2iPadiPad 2
16GB Wi-Fi$399$499-£399A$449A$579
16GB 3G+WiFi$529$629£429£499A$598A$729
32GB Wi-Fi$499$599-£479-A$689
32GB 3G+WiFi$629$729£499£579A$729A$839
64GB Wi-Fi$599$699£479£559-A$799
64GB 3G+WiFi$729$829£579£659A$839A$949
AV Adapter$39$39£35£35A$45A$45
Cover – leather-$69-£59-A$79
Cover – poly-$39-£35-A$45

Performance difference between iPad and iPad 2 depends on the iOS version differences and features with relavent hardware.

iPad 2 News Update:

More than 100,000 iPad specific apps added to iTunes

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Comparison of Specifications
Apple iPad vs Apple iPad 2
 DesignApple iPadApple iPad 2
Form FactorSlateSlate
KeyboardVirtual full keyboard with swypeVirtual full keyboard with swype
Dimension242.8x1859.7x13.4 mm241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm (9.5 x 7.31 x 0.35 in)
Weight730 g (1.6 lbs)601g (1.33 lbs) Wi-Fi only; 607 (1.34lbs) 3G CDMA; 613g (1.35lbs) 3G GSM
Body ColorBlack, WhiteBlack, White
 DisplayApple iPadApple iPad 2
Size9.79.7 in
Resolution1024 x 768 pixels1024 x 768 pixels
FeaturesIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coatedIPS technology, Glossy widescreen, oleophobic coated,
Sensors3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor
 Operating SystemApple iPadApple iPad 2
PlatformiOS 4.2.1 (upgradeable to iOS 4.3.4)iOS 4.3 (upgradeable to iOS 5.1)
BrowserApple SafariApple Safari
Java/Adobe FlashNoNitro JavaScript engine / No Adobe Flash
 ProcessorApple iPadApple iPad 2
ModelApple A4Apple A5 dual core CPU with PowerVR SGX 543MP2 GPU
Speed1 GHz1 GHz dual core
 MemoryApple iPadApple iPad 2
RAM512512 MB
 CameraApple iPadApple iPad 2
ResolutionNo Camera0.7MP
FlashNo CameraNo
Focus, ZoomNo CameraAuto Focus, 4x Digital Zoom
Video CaptureNo CameraHD 720p@30fps
Features-Geo tagging, tap to control exposure
Secondary cameraNo3 axis gyro, Illumination Sensor
 EntertainmentApple iPadApple iPad 2
AudioFormats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAVFormats: HE AAC, AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, AIFF, WAV
VideoFormats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEGFormats: H.264 up to 720p@30fps, MPEG4, M-JPEG
GamingGame Center
FM RadioNoNo
 BatteryApple iPadApple iPad 2
Type CapacityBuilt in Li-PolymerBuilt-in 25 W-hour Li-Polymer
TalktimeSurfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)Surfing up to 10 hrs (2G), 9 hrs (3G)
StandbyMore than 1 month
 Mail and MessagingApple iPadApple iPad 2
MailGeneral Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange SyncGeneral Mail Client (Push Enabled), Exchange Sync
MessagingGoogle Talk (Web based) , Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook ChatGoogle Talk (Web based), Beluga Facebook IM, Facebook Chat
 ConnectivityApple iPadApple iPad 2
Wi-Fi HotspotNoNo
Bluetooth2.1 + EDR2.1 +EDR
USBVia CableYes
HDMINoCompatible (1080p HD), connect through Apple digital AV adapter
 Location ServiceApple iPadApple iPad 2
MapsGoogle MapsGoogle Maps
Lost-Theft ProtectionMobileMeMobileMe
 Network SupportApple iPadApple iPad 2
 ApplicationsApple iPadApple iPad 2
AppsApple Apps Store, iTunes 10.1Apple Apps Store, iTunes 10.2
Social NetworksFacebook, Linkedin, MySpace,Twitter,YouTubeFacebook, Vimeo,Twitter, Linkedin
Voice CallingSkype,Vonage,ViberSkype,Viber,Vonage
Video CallingSkype,TangoSkype,Tango
FeaturedFaceTimeiBook, iMovie ($4.99), GarageBand ($4.99), FaceTime, PhotoBooth
 Business MobilityApple iPadApple iPad 2
Remote VPNYes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS PulseYes , CISCO Anyconnect,Juniper JunOS Pulse
Corporate MailYes with Active SyncYes with CISCO Mobile
Corporate DirectoryCisco MobileYes with CISCO Mobile
Video ConferencingCisco WebExCISCO Mobile,WebEx
 SecurityApple iPadApple iPad 2
 MobileMe,Password protected screenMobileMe,Password Protected Screen
 Additional FeaturesApple iPadApple iPad 2
 AirPlay,AirPrint,CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate useAirPlay,AirPrint,CISCO Mobile 8.1 App for Corporate use,65000 iPad specific applications

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    Seems like an advertisement written by an apple employee

  • Mysalon76

    I just bought my iPad 1st gen, do you offer swap item to iPad2.

    • Dillont8

      Do u exchange for ipad2

  • Ipadlover

    This article in incorrect. Neither of the cameras in iPad 2 are 5MP.

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  • Kavita

    the most notable difference is iPad2 is sleeker and lighter . anyhow good post

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    I bought my ipad2 at walmart and after a few days I am considering keeping it.. Notice I called it my iPad? Wow!

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