Apple announced its highly anticipated iPad 2 today. The new iPad will be 33% lighter at 8mm, includes two cameras (one which shoots HD Video) and comes with a video output. Apple has also created a very cool case for the iPad 2, as you can see in this video. The iPad 2 will cost the same as the existing iPads, starting at $499 and will include plans from both AT&T and Verizon. It comes out on March 11th in the U.S. and March 25th in many European countries.

The iPad 2 will run iOS 4.3 which includes home sharing so that you can share files from your iPad over WiFi. The new iPad will also run two new apps –iMovie and Garage Band– both of which can be useful for making book trailers. The apps will be $4.99 and will be available on March 11th at launch.

Apple also used the event to announce its partnership with Random House. Random House already has a couple thousand titles in the iBookstore, but will add 17,000 eBooks in coming months.

We blogged about the iPad2 news as it unfolded here.