Apple CEO Steve Jobs was on stage today introducing a completely new design of the iPad — the iPad 2. As he said in his statement this morning, this is not a tweaked or slightly improved device: this is something new.

The event was booming with Steve Jobs boasting about the 2010 iPad success, selling nearly 15 million iPads in the first year of sales.

Finally, something us iPad owners have asked for since iOS4 came out, users can now set the iPad 2 to use the button on the side to lock the rotation or mute the device.

One surprising turn of events is the number of colors available. Along with a black version, it will also come in white, with the 3G version available on Verizon and AT&T from day one. Launch day is March 11 in the US, March 25 everywhere else.

The iPad will run on iOS 4.3 and features improved AirPlay settings, which let you share media between the iPad and other devices. As always, iTunes sharing is built-in when you are on the same network as your computer.

More highlights from Steve Jobs:

  • 33% thinner than the first iPad, 8.8mm thick, down from 13.4 mm.
  • Comes in both black and white.
  • Dual-core processor — that’s twice as fast as the first.
  • Graphics are nine times faster.
  • Both front and rear-facing cameras.
  • Six different versions: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB that come with and without 3G support.
  • Same battery life as the original iPad.
  • HDMI compatible

[Thanks to Macworld for image]