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Audio: Addition of cameras drives iPad 2 appeal

Apple Inc. Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs, on medical leave, demonstrates the Mobile MIM application for iPad at an Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Much of the interest and excitement for Apple's newest version of the iPad seems to revolve around the inclusion of cameras in the machine.

The iPad 2, which was officially unveiled yesterday, won't be available in the United States until next Friday.

Matthew Villnave, assistant director of information technology at Niagara University, gives us a rundown of what's new in the tablet:

The market for tablets has changed since the first iPad came out, according to Villnave:

The new version, Villnave says, has an upgraded operating system:

Here's more from Villnave on the existing and anticipated competition for the device:

Amal Harb, communications specialist for the University at Buffalo's Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors, plans on upgrading to the new iPad.

Harb, a self-described convert to all things Mac, says the new machine has interesting possibilities for helping in future research at the biometrics center at UB.

Here's what she had to say about why she's so excited about it:

For more information, here's the Associated Press' brief look at the differences between the two iPads.

PC World looks at competition for the iPad 2, which includes the Motorola Zoom and the HP Touchpad, in this piece.

--Aaron Besecker

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