Cupertino, Calif. – Apple (NASD: AAPL) said on Thursday that its new iPad
2 tablet computer will be available beginning Friday at 5 p.m. local time at
its 236 retail stores in the U.S., as well as through the company’s website
beginning at 1:00 a.m. (PT). The device will then become available beginning at 5
p.m. local time at AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and
select Apple resellers.

Unveiled last week, the iPad 2 will be 33% thinner than
the original, with front- and rear-facing video cameras for the company’s
FaceTime video chat service, a chip that’s twice as fast and graphics that will
load up to nine times more quickly.

It will come in black and white, and be able to
run on networks operated by both AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

The pricing
structure will remain the same as the original, with units starting at $499.

Apple released its original iPad last April, and sold 15 million units in 2010,
accounting for $9.5 billion in revenue.



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