iPad II event is rolling out right now. It seems there's nothing earth-shattering like a retina display this time around. But it is faster, lighter, and slimmer, all very welcome changes. And of course it now has cameras.
Apple will probably put up a video stream of the event tomorrow.
Update: yep, here it is.
And here is an intro video to the iPad 2.
In short I'd say that if one really wants the video chat cameras or the speed bump, the iPad 2 is nice. But on the other hand, iPad 1 is now an even better deal at only $399...
So now the question is if the third generation with a high-rez display is coming in fall like some rumors say, or only in a year? I hope for the fall. While the present iPad display is very good, the iPhone 4 Retina display with over 300 pixels per inch is simple awesome, especially for reading, text just leaps out at ya.
Another thing: this seems to be true of hand-held devices in general, though I have no idea why: they seem to download big files much slower and with much less certainty than desktop computers. It's very odd. I tried to download the Apple Keynote (850MB) to my iPad... after nearly an hour it failed, having downloaded and then lost 2/3rds of the file. I've now downloaded it to iTunes on my desktop machine (for transfer to my iPad), and it took less than five minutes, hitch-less.
It's weird: I can understand why the smaller processors can have trouble using big files (playing large videos, running big apps), but why should they have trouble downloading the bigger files? (Update, it seems to have to do with the writing speed of flash memory, see comments.)
Who misses the eighties?!