Apple iPad 2 just announced

That's the title of my Slaw post for today.  It reads as follows: Apple just held its press conference. Details about the iPad 2 will be found in the tech press. Engadget.com, wired.com/gadgetlab, and cnet.com are good ones to look at. Even the CBAPracticelink has an article about it. No doubt they will all have articles very soon comparing the iPad2 to the Motorola Xoom, and the upcoming Blackberry Playbook. And speaking of the Playbook, RIM gave an update and demo yesterday - but apparently still no details on launch date or price.

As I’ve mentioned before, tablets will forever change how we consume information and media – both as a consumer and business device.

Some info from the press conference (Steve Jobs was on stage):

Sales of 15 million iPads in the first 9 months. 65,000 apps are available.

Steve says 2011 will be "the year of the copycat".

Dual core CPU - 2X faster CPU, 9X faster graphics

Front and rear cameras

gyroscope

Lighter and1/3 thinner than iPad - actually thinner than the iPhone4

black or white available

battery life is the same

prices the same

shipping March 11 - March 25 in Canada

can plug in HDMI cable for 1080P HDMI out.

can buy a specially designed cover (not a case) - useable as a typing stand (looks cool) stays on with magnets.

also updates to iOS 4.3 - available March 11 as free download for recent iPhone & iPod touch

will be able to stream video to the iPad using wifi, and ties into Apple TV

More details at www.apple.com

If you think you want a tablet, now is a good time to take a look at the alternatives, especially if you don't want to wait until iPad10, or some other perfect device. As with any changing technology, at some point you just have to dive in and start using it, and stop waiting for the next generation.

Opinions on the right tablet are all over the map. Is it, for example, about the specs, the user experience, the number of apps, brand cachet, price, or some combination of the above? In reality, the iPad, Motorola Xoom or other Android Honeycomb devices, and the Playbook will all be good devices, and will all for the most part do the same thing. You just have to make a decision on the right one for you.

UPDATE: Take a look at this iPhone J.D. post entitled Why Lawyers will Love the iPad2.