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    Default History of iPad 2: Thinner, lighter, faster, and more smartly covered

    Counting down to the 2014 iPads, we look back at the iPad 2, which introduced not only a sleeker design, but a more focused purpose
    On March 2, 2011, Steve Jobs returned to the keynote stage after a long period of medical leave. It was the second-to-last keynote he'd ever present, and he received a long, loud standing ovation. He and Apple had been working on something for a long time, and he didn't want to miss it. The original iPad was supposed to have been magical, but no one, not even Apple, had known exactly how it would weave its spell. A year later and they had a much, much better idea. Where previously they'd known they'd had something, now they were beginning to understand just exactly what they had. It was thinner. It was lighter. It was faster. It was more smartly covered. But it wasn't just about the technology anymore. That alone was no longer enough. It was about the iPad 2.

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