Today the juggernauts at Apple unveiled the much anticipated iPad 2 tablet computer. Reporters from were live blogging as Steve Jobs ethered his competitors and their attempts to steal market share from Apple with their own tablets.

With over 15 Million iPads sold in 2010-more than any other tablet computer ever made-many are calling the iPad the most successful product launch ever.  Doctors, teachers and students have been using the iPad, as well as those wanting veg out to “Angry Birds.”

“We’ve gotten off to an exceptional first year,” said CEO Steve Jobs, who went on medical leave in January but was on hand for the big announcement. “We’d like to build on that. What about 2011? Everyone’s got a tablet. Will 2011 be the year of the copycat? If we did nothing, maybe a little bit… probably not.”

The iPad 2 boasts an all new design, 8.8 mm thin compared to the 13.4 mm of the original iPad. “It’s thinner than your iPhone 4,” Jobs bragged.

It weighs 1.3 pounds and comes in two colors (black and white) and will be available on AT&T and Verizon. The iPad 2 also has a front facing camera, the same 10-hour battery life as the original and still starts at $499.

On the outside Apple has created “Smart Covers” that magnetically snap onto the iPad and on the  inside upgraded Photo Booth software that allows for streaming 9 different videos at the same time. There is also an iMovie video editing app for the iPad selling  for $4.99. But what you really wanted to know about was the new cameras. With the new “Face Time” app for iPad you can video conference between two iPads, between an iPad and an iPhone, or between an iPad and a Mac. Chatroulette will never be the same.

The iPad 2 is Shipping March 11, 2011.

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