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Apple Announces iPad2

For almost one year, Apple has owned the tablet market. In fact, it's had the market almost entirely to itself. That began changing at the end of last year, with a constant stream of announcements and product launches from Cisco, Research In Motion, Samsung, and more, leading to an absolute avalanche of new products announced and demonstrated at CES this January. And those products have been, at least on a feature basis, easily superior to the original iPad. Just as some of those products have s
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Apple's world-class design extends to the iPad2's cover, which Apple calls a "smart cover." It wakes up the iPad from sleep when you open the cover. It uses magnets, to grasp and auto-align. It also has a micro-fiber lining that cleans the device. Of course, we’ve been seeing many more cases that include Bluetooth keyboards built in, and that isn't covered here. But Apple showed a video of the cover, and it is really, really nifty. Polyurethane for $39 and leather for $69.

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