Well, when you have as many rumors floating around as we saw before the iPad 2 official announcement today, there is bound to be a LITTLE disappointment. So let’s look at what we didn’t see or hear about.
- No Retina Display- Not a big shock to me. I don’t see how Apple could ship a screen like this in volume this year. Maybe in the iPad 3.
- No S-IPS Screen- I was a little surprised that there were no screen improvements at all. Production volumes may have been an issue here, however. Apple is going to have to produce a lot of iPad 2’s to meet the initial demand, so I guess this may be a good thing.
- No GPS chip in the WiFi Model- Oh well. Now I have to decide if I want to cough up an extra $120 for one lousy feature.
- No Carbon Fiber Body- Apple stuck with the aluminum back, but it really isn’t a big deal since iPad 2 is still thinner and lighter than the original.
- No additional ports or SD slot- Maybe a secondary port or slot was pulled at the last minute, per some reports. I am personally not surprised at this either, though. Additional ports seems very “un-Apple,” at least on what they are now calling their “Post-PC” consumer devices.
- No immediate availability- Again, not shocked about this. I was hoping for pre-orders today, though. I will be unhappy if the iPad 2 isn’t available to pick up on the 11th. I am leaving town for a few days on the 12th, and will be unhappy if I don’t have my new toy in hand.
- Memory- TBD. Apple doesn’t usually talk much about memory in these announcements, and they didn’t in this case, either. Hopefully there will be some leaks on this critical feature, but we will probably have to wait for the teardown sights to work their magic before we know for sure.
Image Source: Engadget
As expected, Apple has unveiled the iPad 2 at their event today. Most of it is as we we imagined due to all the (mostly accurate) rumors leading up to launch. Here are some of the main points about it so far:
- Dual-core processor, faster graphics, same low power
- Thinner, lighter
- Comes in two colors, white available right away
- AT&T and Verizon models
- Same battery life as original iPad
- Same prices too
- It will be released on March 11
- Smart Covers
- iOS 4.3 – also out March 11
- Rotation lock back – as a setting preference
- Photobooth and FaceTime for iPad
- Two new apps – iMovie for iPad and Garageband
I’ll be posting lots more details – and looking much closer at what the iPad 2 offers – throughout today and the rest of the week.
It’s finally iPad 2 Day, or at least iPad 2 Announcement Day. Apple will unveil the second-gen iPad at a special media event in San Francisco that kicks off in just over two hours, at 1:00PM US Eastern.
If you want to follow the event live, there will be various sites offering liveblog coverage, as always with big Apple events. Here are a few that caught my eye and that I’ll be following:
— Engadget: http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/02/live-from-apples-ipad-2-event/
— arstechnica: http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/03/ipad-2-event-liveblog.ars
— Gizmodo: a ‘meta’ liveblog: http://live.gizmodo.com/
— TUAW: another metablog: http://www.tuaw.com/2011/03/02/apple-ipad-2-event-metaliveblog/
— The Excellent Andy Ihnatko: http://ihnatko.com/2011/03/02/ipad-2-event-the-liveblog/
Hopefully Apple will also livestream the event – though I don’t see it mentioned at apple.com yet. Gdgt is normally my favorite liveblog site to follow – but it looks like they’re not covering this one.
How about you guys? Are you able to / planning to follow along with the iPad 2 event?
It looks like next Wednesday, March 2, is confirmed as the day of Apple’ s iPad 2 unveiling.
Via Fortune Tech:
Apple (AAPL) has issued the following invitation to selected members of the press:
Please join us for an invitation-only event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on March 2 at 10:00 a.m. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Please arrive early. RSVP to [email protected].
As per usual, Apple doesn’t state what the event is about – but the image of an iPad and the big 2 pretty much say it all. I like the tagline at the bottom of the invite:
Come see what 2011 will be the year of.
If they deliver a second-gen iPad that’s steps it up a notch as expected, then it really should be a huge year for the device. I wonder who will be presenting it.
One week to go then, before we see what the iPad 2 will offer – I can’t wait to see it and hear its release date.