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.
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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.
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
The clever guys over at Boy Genius Report have got a good post up today detailing some of the latest iPad 2 rumors from DigiTimes. There’s talk about which connectivity options it will have and about when shipping to Apple will begin, as we’ve seen a lot of over the last few weeks. More interestingly, there is BGR’s rundown of what they feel are the most solid iPad 2 rumors so far:
- Slightly thinner bezel
- Slightly thinner body, tapered edges, flat back
- Front and rear cameras
- Better anti-smudge and anti-glare screen
- Possibly a dual core 1GHz CPU
- 512MB of RAM
- Redesigned rear speaker, volume buttons
- Verizon CDMA unit
If that list turns out to be mostly accurate, I’d be mostly happy. I’d definitely like to see a dual-core processor and the two cameras. I also like the idea of a flat back and love the idea of a better anti-smudge and anti-glare screen. The 512MB of RAM would be disappointing – I’d like to see 1GB.
What do you all think of the ‘solid rumor’ list? If it proves mostly true, would you be happy / interested in getting the next gen iPad?