Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 tablet has finally been unveiled, but is it that much better than its predecessor?

The new iPad 2 is faster, thinner and lighter than its predecessor. It is powered by an Apple designed dual-core processor called the A5. The iPad 2 is 33 per cent thinner (8.8mm) than the original, weighs 613g, and will come in both black and white models.

Apple claims the A5 processor doubles the speed of the iPad 2 compared to the original and makes graphics processing up to nine times faster. The screen resolution hasn't changed, and the iPad 2 doesn't get the Thunderbolt connector that was unveiled on the new MacBook Pro range.

Check out our full specification differences between the original iPad and the iPad 2 below:

Feature

iPad

iPad 2

Display technology

Capacitive IPS

Capacitive IPS

Display resolution

1024 x 768 pixels

1024 x 768 pixels

Display size

9.7in

9.7in

Processor

Apple A4 (1GHz)

Apple A5 (1GHz dual-core)

RAM

256MB

512MB (unconfirmed)

Internal memory

16GB/32GB/64GB

16GB/32GB/64GB

Rear camera

None

Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom

Front camera

None

Video recording, VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; VGA-quality still camera

3G networks (3G + Wi-Fi models)

HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz

HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz

Wi-Fi

802.11a/b/g/n

802.11a/b/g/n

Bluetooth

2.1 with A2DP

2.1 with A2DP

Battery life

Up to 10 hours

Up to 10 hours

Accelerometer

3-axis

3-axis

Gyroscope

3-axis

3-axis

GPS

Yes

Yes

Expandable memory

No

No

Width

13.4mm

8.8mm

Weight

680g (Wi-Fi), 730g (Wi-Fi + 3G)

601g (Wi-Fi), 613g (Wi-Fi + 3G)

HDMI-out

Yes, 720p (with optional Digital AV Adapter)

Yes, 1080p (with optional Digital AV Adapter)

Adobe Flash support

No

No

     

The Apple iPad 2 will be available in UK on March 25. Pricing has yet to be announced.