This is the iPad 2: March 25

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Just minutes ago, Apple finished their March conference for the next iPad. If you weren’t reading the liveblog, here’s what you can expect in the new model.

The new iPad comes in White and Black, is 33% thinner, 15% lighter, has a dual-core Apple A5 processor, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime and Photo Booth and a back-facing camera with 720p HD video.

It still has up to 10 hours of battery, the same as the original iPad, and the same 9.7” LED-backlit LCD screen.

Accessorywise, the iPad 2 has a new cover, which can be bought in leather and polyurethane and many colours. The new cover is nothing like the original, and snaps on magnetically. When the cover is “opened”, the iPad 2 automatically wakes.

You can also buy a HDMI adapter, which mirrors the iPad’s screen in up to 1080p.

The iPad 2 also gets FaceTime calling, to iPhone 4, iPad 2, Mac and other FaceTime devices. As before, it is WiFi-only. Also included is Photo Booth, with real-time visual effects.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

It will launch March 25, but no Australian pricing has been announced. The US pricing is the same as the original iPad pricing.

TECHGEEK.com.au will be reviewing the new device.