Apple has announced that iPad 2 will be available in the following countries this week:
- April 28, Thursday – Japan
- April 29, Friday – Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, India, Israel, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, Turkey and UAE
Additionally Apple also announced iPad 2 with Wi-Fi to arrive in China on May 6 Friday.
The new iPad 2, with its dual core CPUs and improved graphics performance, looks set to give XBox 360 and PS3 a run for their money. The video above is a Firemint demo of its upcoming update to Real Racing 2 HD that will take advantage of iPad 2’s horse power and Apple’s new HDMI video out accessory for the iPad.
Using the video out feature of an iPad 2, Real Racing 2 HD will be able to be displayed on a big screen in full 1080p resolution while the device’s 10-inch touchscreen shows a track map and race statistics.
This is the first indication we’ve seen of an iOS game taking advantage of the iPad 2’s ability to render out at a full 1920×1080 HD resolution. On an HDTV, Real Racing 2 HD will run full screen with no black borders and at native 1080p resolution, without scaling.
The game will output 1080p at full resolution with “silky smooth” 30 frames per second and uses the iPad as second display. While the iPad’s video out feature by default supports upscaling iPad’s 1024 × 768 resolution to fit HDTV, Real Racing HD will be the first iOS title to output native 1920×1080 HD resolution.
It is unknown if Real Racing 2 HD supports running on first generation iPad in this mode, we have some reservation about the possibility. Who knows, Firemint might surprise us by supporting lower 720p HD resolution when running Real Racing 2 HD on first-gen iPad.
Even as people in US are having trouble locating an iPad 2, Apple is on schedule to release its second generation tablet to 25 more countries this Friday March 25. The countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. Apple has delayed iPad 2’s launch in Japan due to its recent disasters.
Apple also announced that iPad 2 will be available in Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore in April, and in many more countries around the world in the coming months.
An invite with an iPad behind and a number 2 in front? ‘Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” is the tagline and we all know what it is.
The event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on March 2nd at 10 A.M. Pacific.
We can all assume that second generation iPad will arrive in Jan 2011, based on Apple’s track record to revise their iDevices yearly. Below are our wishlist and prediction for the next generation iPad:
* Flat bottom. Current iPad has a somewhat curved bottom reminiscent of iPhone 3G/3GS design. When placing iPad inside a case on the table, iPad looks bulky and fat due mainly to the curved back. Next generation iPad should have tints of iPhone 4 design with a flat bottom. We predict the 2nd iPad will use back aluminum for its back and use the strong glass found in iPhone 4 for the front.
* Lose the ugly signal bar for iPad 3G. The black antenna at the back for iPad 3G is ugly to us. It looks more like a last minute patch job than a proper Apple design. It should blend better, cleaner and hidden for 2nd generation iPad.
* Front Video Camera and FaceTime. We can safely say this is a ‘confirmed’ feature of next-gen iPad.
* Lighter. The main bulk of weight in iPad is due mainly to its large battery. Let’s hope Apple can reduce its weight and improve the battery life in next iteration of iPad.
* Bigger memory. Current iPad has 256M memory. Next-gen iPad is expected to have minimum 512M of memory in order to have a better multitasking experience running iOS 4.
* Gyroscope. Next-gen iPad is destined to have this built-in for those games that take advantage of this hardware.
* Retina Display. We predict retina display will come to the iPad next year. This will make iPad the better eBook reader with its high dpi display and better compete with e-ink devices. It might have a 1.5 times display resolution of 1536×1152 compared with current iPad’s 1024×768 resolution.
* ‘Rotating’ build-in speaker. iPad is a great gaming device. But it is kind of weird when you are playing games in landslide orientation and the sound comes from one side of the device. Sound should appear to come from the central of the device whether you are holding it vertically or in landslide mode.