John Gruber at Daring Fireball has an interesting post up about what the rest of this year may hold in terms of new iPad releases and the tablet market in general. The second most interesting thing he has to say is this, about the market for the iPad and other tablet devices:
The growth potential of this market is too big to be estimated. I genuinely believe that these platforms are the future of the entire computing industry. The market for these tablets — and whatever other future form factors arrive running these OSes — will soon, collectively, be bigger than today’s Windows/Mac PC market.
I think that’s absolutely right. I don’t see how it couldn’t be – with the trend toward mobile computing accelerating all the time.
Then there’s the most interesting thing about Gruber’s post – his guess that we may see two big iPad releases this year. Those would be the iPad 2 as expected in April, and then an iPad Pro type device or an iPad HD(with retina display) in September.
Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities released a note to investors today detailing his ideas on the iPad 2′s components. The analyst seems to agree with 9to5mac‘s findings in the SDK and is claiming the iPad 2 will keep the iPad 1′s 1024 x 768 display, but will introduce some improvements like a thinner panel and Kindle-like anti-reflection.
That’s a slice from a report at 9to5Mac yesterday on the latest iPad 2 rumored specs. The same report also says that the next gen iPad will:
- Have a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
- Offer three connectivity options – WiFi, WiFi + GSM (for AT&T and others), and CDMA (for Verizon and others)
- Have a front camera ‘that’s a 0.3 megapixel VGA shooter and a back camera that’s a 1 megapixel lens’
The above points match 9to5Mac’s findings when digging through the iOS 4.3 SDK.
All of this sounds good to me. The anti-reflective display would be a big plus, the rest is pretty much inline with what we’ve been hearing for a while now about the iPad 2. I really want to know about how much RAM the iPad 2 will have – I think 512MB is a minimum and hope we’ll see 1GB.
Here’s one that almost is too easy to believe. The original iPad had a 27 on the calendar app and was presented on January 27th. The new iPad has a 9 so one would think that Apple’s presentation will be on February 9th (a Wednesday).
That’s a slice from a brief post on this over at 9to5Mac. Not a huge thing to go on, but then again Apple do seem to have some repeated patterns in terms of handling of events and announcements.
All I know is I’m ready to hear about iPad 2 as soon as Apple’s ready to spill the beans, and ready to buy one yesterday.
The consensus in iPad 2 rumors has indicated a much improved display for the next gen model for some time now. This weekend, there’s some good evidence to suggest that the improved iPad 2 display may double up the number of pixels – from 1024X768 to 2048X1536.
Instead of aiming for a specific pixel density, it appears Apple will instead simply quadruple the iPad’s native resolution as it did when it introduced iPhone 4, resulting in a very high resolution display with a pixel density of around 260 ppi, short of "Retina" status but still higher than most high end smartphones.
I think Apple Insider’s math is a little askew there – I believe it’s a doubling of native resolution rather than quadrupling. Even so, a major boost for the display resolution.
Engadget has posted some juicy details on the iPad 2, gained from sources they say have proved reliable in the past. Here’s a quick summary of what they’ve learned:
— It’s going to have a built-in SD card slot, in the location shown in the photo above. And no traditional USB slot.
— It should be released ‘around April’ – which has been the most likely scenario all along, as it would fit Apple’s yearly refresh cycle.
— It will be thinner, as we’ve been hearing every time a ‘leaked’ mockup or case surfaces
Here’s one of a set of iPad 2 case pictures sent to me by the folks at Y-Case – a Chinese accessories manufacturer. It shows cutouts for a camera and larger speaker, just as many of the iPad 2 rumors have mentioned.
Our contact at Y-Case also tells us the design is thinner than the Gen 1 iPad; again, just as many rumors have indicated. I don’t have any secret sources to approach for comment on how accurate these case designs may be, but I do know that at least some accessory vendors have got this sort of thing right with Apple products in the past.
You can see more details and several cases for the ‘iPad 2G’ at the Y-Case page for them here:
Just as expected, there are already a number of new tablet devices being announced at the big CES event in Las Vegas this week. The Xoom from Motorola, shown above, is just one of the more notable ones I’ve seen mentioned so far.
It’s clear the iPad is going to have a lot more competition this year, especially as it had almost none in 2010. One thing that I find very encouraging when I’m reading about all these new tablet rivals is that many of them are boasting dual-core processors and cameras and a hell of a lot more RAM than the iPad V1.
While hardware specs are hardly the biggest factor when choosing iOS devices over rivals, I can’t see Apple letting the iPad 2 be released with specs that trail potential rivals. So I’d say a dual-core processor, beefed up RAM, and camera/s for the iPad 2 have gone from good bets to near sure things.
What do you all think? Have you seen any tablets announced at CES that you’re tempted to get?
Engadget caught up with the folks from Dexim at CES – and found them showing off an interesting new iPad case. A case that a current iPad won’t fit in – because it’s said to be a case for the upcoming iPad 2.
Today’s find beats them all, however: we just found a case with a machined aluminum iPad 2 mockup inside. Dexim is the eager exhibitor, with an actually very intriguing case design involving a Bluetooth keyboard that magnetically adheres to the front cover of the book-like sleeve …
Indeed, the mockup that we found inside the case was a tad bit slimmer than the first-gen iPad, with a taper leading to the edges that reminds us of the iPod touch, and a home button positioned nearer the bottom edge.
The quick summary on what this new case indicates for the iPad 2: a slightly slimmer iPad, with cameras and a bigger speaker. These characteristics, along with a flat back, seem now to be showing up consistently in rumors and ‘leaked’ case designs floating around the web for a while now. These are beginning to feel like things to add to the ‘won’t be a big surprise’ list if and when we see them mentioned when the iPad 2 is announced (presumably later this month).
News Via: Engadget
Lots of fun iPad 2 rumors flying round this week. Some of the latest I’ve seen – here and here and here for instance – talk about things like:
- a USB port
- a new, mystery port on the left side of the device
- tapered sides and a flat back ala the iPod Touch
- a back camera
- a slightly lighter iPad
I very much like the sound of a little bit lighter iPad – nothing crazy, just a tad less heavy would be nice. I also like the idea of the flat back. A camera or cameras feels like a given to me and the rest of the above doesn’t move me much.
How about you? Any must-haves on that little list? Or any you hate the sound of?
An analyst’s note this week says we’ll see a dual-core processor in next year’s iPad 2 model.
"Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores," according to a research note released on Thursday by Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw.
This is one iPad 2 rumor I really (really!) hope is true. A dual-core processor is a major upgrade and should allow for much greater multitasking possibilities and for running more and more powerful apps and games on the iPad. I think dual-core plus an upgrade to 1GB of RAM are virtually a must to keep the iPad on a par with / ahead of rival tablets next year.
Rumor Source: CNET via everythingiCafe
Image Source: taptaptap.com
According to reports this week, Apple is gearing up for the iPad 2 to be an even bigger hit than the first generation – and they’re expected to order the production of 6 million units per month.
If true, that number would be significantly higher than the 4 million per quarter produced for the current iPad, according toDigiTimes. Overseas sources indicated that Apple added two additional touch panel makers, Chimei Innolux and Cando, for production of the "iPad 2."
The two new suppliers are in addition to current suppliers Wintek, Sintek Photronics, and TPK Touch Solutions. The expanded number of partners will reportedly allow Apple to produce even more iPads per month, reaching the 6 million target.
Wow. If the 6 million per month figure is right and they manage to sell that many, that would be over 70 million iPad 2’s sold next year. That’s a huge figure. If Apple gets anywhere close to that next year that would still represent a monster year for the magical tablet.
The rumor’s sources say iPad 2 will start shipping to Apple in January or February (as we’ve seen reported before) so that they can build up stock prior to launch. That should boost sales tremendously in its own right, as this year they took months to catch up with demand for the iPad. The same sources also say that Apple has no plans to produce a smaller (7-inch) iPad.
It seems amazing to me that we’re now just about a month away from an expected announcement of the iPad 2.
Rumor News Via: Apple Insider