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Steve Jobs launches Apple's iPad 2

Gregg Keizer | March 2, 2011
No price changes, but new tablet is faster, thinner, lighter; ships March 11

AT&T must offer the service to its customers before they can use it; Verizon charges an additional $20 per month for Wi-Fi tethering.

Also in iOS 4.3: iTunes "home sharing," a feature that lets users access their iTunes collections from their Macs or PCs on the iPad.

Apple executives also demonstrated new versions of the company's iMovie and GarageBand programs for the iPad. Both will go on sale March 11 at the App Store for $4.99 each. And Jobs spent five minutes touting new covers for the iPad, pegged as Smart Covers, that morph into typing and video-watching stands.

"We think 2011 is clearly the year of iPad 2," Jobs said near the end of the event, working off the tagline that Apple used when it issued its invitations last week.

"Our competitors are looking at this like it's the next PC market," said Jobs. "That is not the right approach. These are post-PC devices that need to be easier to use than a PC."


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