The March 11 consumer launch of iOS 4.3 (coinciding with the retail release of iPad 2) heralds iTunes Home Sharing, enabling consumers to stream media from one device's iTunes library to another. Also new in iOS 4.3: iPad support for Apple's FaceTime video chat solution and Photo Booth imaging application, as well as expanded AirPlay support giving consumers the latitude to stream video recorded via iPhone or iPad directly to the Apple TV service.
Apple will partner with AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) to market the iPad 2 in the U.S., touting versions of the tablet expressly optimized for each operator's network. The new iPad also features a dual-core A5 processor, delivering nine times the graphics performance of the original unit; the device promises 10 hours of battery life, front-facing and rear-facing cameras and a gyroscope.
Apple has sold 14.8 million iPads since first launching the device in April 2010. At a media event last week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs (returning briefly from his current medical leave) also stated that the computing giant has now shipped 100 million iPhone units.
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