It's official! The iPad 2 will be available March 11th.

Steve Jobs made a surprise appearance at Apple’s event today to announce the iPad 2.

A few quick specs on the new version of the iPad:

  • A dual core A5 processor chip, which should mean the new iPad is twice as fast as the current model
  • Graphics performance is reportedly 9 times as fast as the original
  • The new device will feature both front and rear facing cameras
  • It has a gyroscope like the iPhone 4 to improve things like augmented reality functions
  • iPad 2 is 33% thinner than the original iPad, measuring in at 8.8 mm
  • Despite the new hardware additions and the thinner body, battery life is said to be the same as current iPads
  • It will be available in two different colors – black and white
  • 3G models will be available to work with both AT&T and Verizon
  • HDMI mirrored output up to 1080p

The best part is that pricing on the iPad 2 will remain the same as the original prices. 16 GB Wi-Fi models  start at $499 and the range of models goes up to the 64 GB Wi-Fi+3G version that sells for $829.

The iPad 2 will be available on March 11th, supposedly in both white and black from day one. Anybody want to buy an original iPad?