ipad 2 starting at just £399

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The iPad 2 will go on sale in Britain at 5pm on Friday with prices starting at £399 for the 16GB wifi model – £30 less than the launch price for the same model of the original iPad last year.

The most expensive iPad 2, the 64GB wifi and 3G model, will cost £659 – £40 less than the same model of the original iPad.

There’s no word on whether it’s a permanent thing but in the wake of the iPad 2’s launch the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of the original iPad is available for £329. Apple hasn’t revealed how much inventory it has left of the first generation tablet but it is available now for anyone who can live without dual-core processors and dual-cameras.

When compared to the iPad 2 the main differences are a faster dual-core processor and more RAM. The processor is a dual-core 1GHz A5 chip compared to the iPad’s A4 processor. While the amount of RAM the iPad 2 contains hasn’t been disclosed by Apple is is rumoured to be 512MB, twice that found in the original model. As expected the iPad also offers two cameras, one rear-facing with an unspecified resolution and the other a front facing camera for video calling with FaceTime.

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