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Apple iPad 2 WiFi + 3G Technical Specifications
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Apple iPad 2 WiFi + 3G Review and Features
The iPad 2 is a tablet designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. Compared to the first iPad, the second model in the iPad line gained a faster dual-core A5 processor and a lighter build structure. It was the first iPad to feature VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTime video calling.
The device was initially available with three storage sizes – 16, 32, and 64 GB – and two varying connectivity options – Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular. Each device variation is available with a black or white front glass panel. However, upon the release of the (3rd_generation) iPad in March 2012, only the 16 GB variation remained available.
The product became available from March through May 2011.
The device received a generally positive reception from various blogs and publications. Although it was praised for its hardware improvement, such as the new Apple A5 chip, the software restriction on the iPad 2 and iOS, in general, drew criticism from various technology commentators. The device sold well in its first month of sales, with 2.4–2.6 million units sold and 11.12 million in the third quarter of 2011.
A popular product, with a lower screen resolution and performance than the two Retina models that followed it but a lighter build and longer battery life, it remained in the Apple line-up as an entry-level iPad model for three years until March 2014, latterly with a silent upgrade to a die-shrunk version of the A5 processor. Its basic design formed the core of the first iPad mini, which had the same screen pixel count and similar features at a smaller size.
Originally shipped with iOS 4, with the release of iOS 9, the iPad 2 became the only device to have received six major versions of iOS.
Apple sent invitations to journalists on February 23, 2011, for a media event on March 2. On March 2, 2011, CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the device at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, despite being on medical leave. Upon the announcement of the iPad 2, the original iPad was discontinued from sales online and at Apple-authorised retail stores.
Apple began selling the iPad 2 on its website on March 11 and in its U.S. retail stores at 5 pm local time on that date. Many stores in major cities, such as New York, sold out within hours. Online shipping delays had increased to three to four weeks on Sunday and four to five weeks by Tuesday.
The iPad 2 was released internationally in 25 other countries on March 25, 2011. The countries included Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On April 29, 2011, the release date for Japan was postponed due to the earthquake and tsunami which struck the nation on March 11, 2011. The iPads were delayed due to the NAND flash storage chip used in the iPads being created by Toshiba, which was affected by the earthquake and tsunami, thus resulting in the suspension of operations for an indefinite period of time. The slowdown caused analysts to downgrade Apple’s stock.
The iPad 2 was released in Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and other countries, including Japan, on April 29, 2011. It was then released in numerous other nations, including China, Estonia, Thailand, Brazil, Russia and Taiwan, on two major release dates, May 6 and 27.
The 32 and 64GB models were discontinued on March 7, 2012, upon the introduction of the third-generation iPad. The 16GB Wi-Fi and 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G models were discontinued on March 18, 2014.
In late March 2011, the iPad 2 was released alongside iOS 4.3, which primarily introduced Airplay Mirroring and Home Sharing, among other features.
On October 12, 2011, upon the release of the iPhone 4S, the iPad was upgradable to the iOS 5 firmware update, which brought over 200 new user features to iOS-compatible devices, including Notification Center, iMessage, Reminders, and an updated notifications system, using a new “banner” style instead of the previously used pop-up “alert” style.
The iPad 2 has several applications by default, including Safari, Mail, Photos, Video, Music, iTunes (store), Maps, Notes, Calendar, Photo Booth, and Contacts. The App Store is also available as a default application, it enables users to download from a database of applications, and the developers set the price of these applications.
Like all iOS devices, the iPad 2 can sync music, videos, apps and photos with a Mac or PC using iTunes, although when using iOS 5 and later, the user does not have to connect the iPad to the computer. iCloud also allows users to back up and sync their data with other compatible iOS devices via the internet.
Game Center is available as a native social gaming platform on iOS; games downloaded via the App Store that has this feature enabled can integrate their achievement points, high scores and bonus system across all iOS devices into a single accumulative point and social platform.
Although the tablet is not designed to make phone calls over a cellular network, a user can use a wired headset or the built-in speaker and microphone and place phone calls over Wi-Fi or cellular using a VoIP application.
The iPad 2 also adds the ability to run GarageBand, iMovie, and the iWork apps Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. These applications do not come with the iPad but are official applications from Apple sold within the App Store. On March 7, 2012, after the unveiling of the third generation iPad, the firmware of the iPad 2 was upgradable to iOS 5.1.
The iPad 2 is compatible with iOS 7, which was released on September 18, 2013. However, some features are not available. For example, like the iPhone 4, the Notification Center and the Control Center use the transparent style instead of the translucent style in later iOS models. Also, AirDrop, first released in iOS 7, was only supported by the iPad 4 or later.
The iPad 2 can run iOS 8, released on September 17, 2014, making it the first iOS device to run five major versions of iOS (including iOS 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8). While the OS runs on the device, most of its new features do not work because of relatively aged hardware; therefore, its performance is limited.
Users have also reported numerous problems after receiving the update, including the accessibility features and battery-related issues. Many users speculated that the iPad 2 was going to be dropped from updating to iOS 8 along with the iPhone 4, the same process that happened with the iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch (fourth generation) and earlier models, considering that the model was more than three years old.
It was confirmed on June 8, 2015, at Apple’s WWDC that the iPad 2 would run iOS 9, making it the first iOS device to run six major versions of iOS. As with previous releases, though, many headline features were unavailable on the iPad 2, including predictive Siri, translucency effects, split-view, slide-over and picture-in-picture multitasking and the Health app.
On June 13, 2016, with iOS 10, Apple dropped support for the iPad 2 because of its hardware and performance issues. The same goes with its successor and the iPad Mini (1st generation), making iOS 9.3.5 (Wi-Fi) or iOS 9.3.6 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) the final version that will run on the device.
The iPad 2 features an Apple A5 package-on-package (PoP) System-on-chip (SoC), which comprises a 1 GHz dual-core 32-bit Cortex-A9 CPU, 512 MB of RAM and a dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU. Other features include front and rear cameras, a three-axis gyroscope, headset controls, proximity and ambient light sensors, a microphone, magnetometer, accelerometer and a 9.7-inch multi-touch screen with a maximum resolution of 1024×768 hence resulting in 132 PPI.
The iPad 2 has four physical switches, including a home button near the display that returns the user to the home screen and three plastic physical switches on the sides: wake/sleep, volume up/down, and a third switch for either screen rotation lock or mute. The home button on the iPad 2 is “easier to double tap” than on the previous generation of the iPad.
Apple reduced the size of the iPad by eliminating the stamped sheet metal frame from the display, integrating new thinner glass technology for the touch screen overlay, and slightly reducing the space between the display and battery. The iPad 2’s screen is thinner, lighter, and stronger than the original iPad’s. The iPad 2 also supports screen mirroring via the digital AV adapter and AirPlay as iOS 5.
The iPad 2 has a 25 W·h rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery that lasts 10 hours, like the original iPad. It is charged via USB or includes a 10 W, 2 A power adapter. The battery is 2.5 mm thick, 59% smaller than the original and has three cells instead of two.
The improvements allowed the injection-moulded plastic support frame to be omitted. The 10 W USB power adapter provides 4x the power of a conventional USB port. The tablet has an audio frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Without third-party software, it can play the following audio formats: HE-AAC, AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible formats (2, 3, 4, AEA, AAX, and AAX+), ALAC, AIFF, and WAV.
The revised tablet adds front- and rear-facing cameras, which allow FaceTime video calls with other iPad 2s, the third-generation iPad, iPhone 4 and 4S, the fourth-generation iPod Touch and Macintosh computers (running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later with a webcam).
The 0.3 MP front camera shoots VGA-quality 30 frame/s video and VGA-quality still photos. The 0.7 MP back camera can shoot 720p HD video at 30 frame/s and has 5× times digital zoom. Both shoot photos in a 4:3 fullscreen aspect ratio.
The rear camera shoots video in 16:9 widescreen to match the 720p standard, although only the central 4:3 part of the recording is shown on the screen. The forward-facing camera shoots in 4:3.
3G versions of the iPad 2 offer CDMA2000 support for customers using the device on a CDMA network or GSM/UMTS support for customers using the device on a GSM/UMTS network. The iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model includes an A-GPS receiver for tracking the user’s location.
Also, the iPad 2 3G model includes a plastic cap-like band at the top of the back for the 3G antenna. The metallic grille for the microphone is replaced with a matching plastic black grille on the 3G model. GSM models of iPad 2 use a SIM card, while CDMA models use an ESN to connect to the cellular network.
The device is 15% lighter and 33% thinner than the original iPad; it is thinner than the iPhone 4 by 0.5 mm. The Wi-Fi version is 1.33 lb (600 g). Both the GSM and CDMA versions (known respectively as the AT&T and Verizon versions in the US) differ in weight slightly due to the mass difference between the GSM and CDMA cellular radios, with the GSM model at 1.35 lb (612 g) and the CDMA model at 1.34 lb (608 g).
The size of the iPad 2 is also less than the original iPad at only 9.50 in ×7.31 in ×0.34 in (241.2 mm ×185.7 mm ×8.8 mm), compared to the original iPad’s size of 9.56 in ×7.47 in ×0.5 in (242.8 mm ×189. mm 7×13.4 mm).
After the announcement and release of the third-generation iPad, the iPad 2, which continued to be available for purchase, received a hardware upgrade. The upgraded variant of the iPad 2 features a smaller version of the Apple A5 SoC, which can reduce battery consumption.
What are the specifications of the Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G tablet?
Here’s a summary of the technical specifications for the Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G tablet:
- Processor/CPU: 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Apple A5
- RAM: 512 MB
- Internal Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
- Display/Resolution: 9.7″ 768×1024 pixels
- GPU/Graphics: PowerVR SGX543MP2
- Camera: 0.7MP 720p
- Battery: 6930 mAh Li-Po
- Colours: Black, White
Full Technical Specifications
|Device Type||Tablet Computer|
A1396, A1397, iPad2,2
Also known as Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G Early 2011
|Announced||02 March, 2011|
|Released||11 March, 2011|
|Predecessor||iPad (1st generation)|
|Successor||iPad (3rd generation)|
|Type <strong>Design Type</strong> called form factor refers to a mobile phone's size, shape, and style as well as the layout and position of major components of phone. There are three major form factors seen in mobile phones => bar phones, folding phones and sliding phones.||Bar|
241.2 mm (millimeters)
24.12 cm (centimeters)
0.791 ft (feet)
9.496 in (inches)
185.7 mm (millimeters)
18.57 cm (centimeters)
0.609 ft (feet)
7.311 in (inches)
8.8 mm (millimeters)
0.88 cm (centimeters)
0.029 ft (feet)
0.346 in (inches)
394.16 cm³ (cubic centimeters)
23.94 in³ (cubic inches)
607 g (grams)
1.34 lbs (pounds)
21.41 oz (ounces)
|SIM <strong>SIM</strong> (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages.||Micro SIM|
|Number of SIM cards||1|
GSM 850 MHz
GSM 900 MHz
GSM 1800 MHz
GSM 1900 MHz
UMTS 850 MHz
UMTS 900 MHz
UMTS 1900 MHz
UMTS 2100 MHz
|Display Type <strong>Display Technology => </strong> A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor)||LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology|
|Resolution||768 x 1024 pixels|
|Display Colors <strong>Display Colors</strong> is refers to the number of different shades of colors that the screen is capable of displaying => 64K colors, 256K colors and 16 million colors, Obviously 16M is highest available range of colors and better than others.||24 bit, 16777216 colors|
|Aspect Ratio||4:3 ratio|
|Display area||(~65.1% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Pixel Density <strong>Pixel Density (PPI)</strong> is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality.||132 PPI density|
|Display Protection <strong>Display Protection => </strong> Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind.||
Oleophobic (lipophobic) coating
|Audio File Formats||
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
M4A (MPEG-4 Audio, .m4a)
MP3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer II, .mp3)
|Video File Formats||
H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 / AVC video
QuickTime (.mov, .qt)
|3.5mm Audio jack||Yes|
|Number of cameras||1|
960 x 720 pixels
0.69 MP (megapixels)
1280 x 720 pixels
0.92 MP (megapixels)
|Video FPS||30 fps (frames per second)|
|Number of cameras||1|
|Main cameras||0.31 MP (megapixels)|
640 x 480 pixels
0.31 MP (megapixels)
|Operating System <strong>OS => </strong> Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device.||iOS 4, upgradable to iOS 9.3.5|
|User Interface <strong>UI</strong> or user interface of a device is the look and feel of the on-screen menu system. How it works, its color scheme, how it responds to button presses, all of these things are part of the user interface.||Apple iOS|
|Chipset <strong>Chipset</strong> is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming.||Apple A5 APL0498|
|SoC Process Technology||45 nm (nanometers)|
|CPU <strong>CPU</strong> (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone.||Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9|
|CPU bits||32 bit|
|CPU frequency||1000 MHz (megahertz)|
|Level 1 cache memory (L1)||
32 KB + 32 KB (kilobytes)
|Level 2 cache memory (L2)||
1024 KB (kilobytes)
1 MB (megabytes)
|GPU <strong>GPU</strong> (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion.||PowerVR SGX543MP2|
|RAM (Memory) <strong>RAM</strong> (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.||512 MB|
|RAM Type||LPDDR2 SDRAM|
|RAM channels||Double channel|
|RAM frequency||400 MHz (megahertz)|
|Internal Storage <strong>Internal Storage</strong> is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored.||16/32/64 GB|
|Card Slot <strong>Memory Card Slot</strong> is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras.||No|
|Sensors <strong>Sensors</strong> are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device.||
Ambient light sensor
|Bluetooth Features <strong>Bluetooth</strong> is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.||
A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
|Infrared <strong>Infrared</strong> connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.||No|
|Wi-Fi <strong>Wi-Fi</strong> is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.||
802.11a (IEEE 802.11a-1999)
802.11b (IEEE 802.11b-1999)
802.11g (IEEE 802.11g-2003)
802.11n (IEEE 802.11n-2009)
|GPS <strong>GPS</strong> The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.||
|NFC <strong>NFC</strong> (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inch.|
|HDMI <strong>HDMI</strong> (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a compact audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device.||No|
|Battery Type <strong>Battery Type => </strong> Cell phones run on various kinds of batteries depending on the manufacturer, phone size or shape and features. There are basically four types of cell phone batteries => Lithium Polymer, Lithium Ion, Nickel Metal Hydride and Nickel Cadmium.||Li-Poly (Lithium Polymer)|
|Capacity <strong>Battery Capacity</strong> is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions.||6930 mAh battery (25 Wh)|