The iPad 2 was officially unveiled today by King Jobs and that sound you heard was third party iPad accessories manufacturers jumping for joy and screaming like little girls. Third party manufacturers have made boatloads of money on the back of the original iPad, and there is no reason to believe that they won’t be raking in the moolah with the second generation device either.
Apple is looking to make a few bucks on accessories themselves, as they introduced a full line of iPad covers in every color of the rainbow, with a snazzy magnetic closure. The covers are only designed to protect the screen and flip around and serve as a kickstand for the iPad 2 when not covering the screen.
Apple also introduced a new HDMI that will allow users to connect their iPad 2 to their televisions. The best part about the HDMI cable is that it is backwards compatible with the original iPad, the iPhone 4, and the latest generation iPod touches.
The iPad 2 goes on sale on March 11th and will be available in both black and white. It’s thinner than the iPhone 4 (not a typo) and features a front facing camera and a dual core processor. Oh, and it will cost exactly the same as the original iPad did when it first came out – $499.