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The iPad 2 will be unveiled at Apple’s special media event this coming Wednesday, March 2nd. iPad 2 rumors have been swirling round the web for months now, and of course leading up the announcement event some of the rumors are falling by the wayside and some are gaining momentum, looking more and more probable.
Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most prominent iPad 2 rumors:
More of an iPad 1.5
There seems to be a growing sense that the iPad 2 will feel more like an iPad 1.5, with just incremental improvements. Tis speculation is often linked to guesses that we’ll see another, more exciting, new iPad release in the Fall / Winter of this year – an iPad Pro or iPad HD (with a full retina display) that is not so much an update but another option in the iPad line.
Faster, more powerful
Apple Insider’s latest summary of expected speed/power improvements:
Apple A5 chip based around a Cortex-A9 dual core processor. This chip is said to deliver a better balance between computing power and power consumption than existing models. Similarly, the new models are also expected to pack ultrafast, dual core SGX543 graphics on the order of two to three times faster than the chip in the current iPad, a faster memory (1,066 MHz) clock, and a doubling of on-board RAM to 512MB.
These sound mostly good, but I’d really like to see the RAM bumped up to 1GB as long as it doesn’t put a big dent in battery life.
Other Details / Features
Slightly thinner, lighter, flatter.
Cameras – at least one (front facing) and likely two.
An improved display, but the same resolution
New “anti-reflection” technology to deliver a better experience in bright sunlight.
An improved speaker
A new mystery port – SD or …
Three model classes
WiFi only, 3G GSM/UMTS for AT&T and other international GSM carriers, and 3G CDMA/EVDO for Verizon and international CDMA carriers.
Or … as 9to5Mac speculates, a new chipset that allows both GSM and CDMA connectivity for one model and the an additional LTE/4G model
One “Out There’ Entry
A carbon fiber body
These are the main ones that have caught my eye – though I may well have forgotten a few, as there are just so many around of late.
What do you all think? Which are you betting on? Which are you not buying?