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The Apple iPad 2 – What we know So Far

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Apple has its devices on a yearly refresh, every year around the same time, you get an upgraded version of the iPhone, the iPod, Macbooks etc. Just like that the iPad will also see a refresh. We started hearing rumors of iPad’s redesigned structure and obvious design changes in November 2010.

Now the iPad, was announced in the last week of Jan 2010, we can expect a similar time frame for a refresh of the Tablet. Something has to be new and the Rumor mill has been running haywire over it.

Here are a collection of images over the past month and our thoughts on what the new iPad may be like.

 

New Structure

Images like the one above are renders of the carbon fibre patent that Apple had filed on May 18, 2009. This incorporates a liquid metal structure with a carbon fibre back. This would not only make the iPad extremely nice looking, But, also give it a lighter yet solid construction, immensely improving the antenna.

The likes of this happening are however, very- very low. We still have our hopes up.

Cases

The second wave of iPad 2 rumors came with iPad 2 cases. These cases started showing up at manufacturers across the china market, showing cutouts for the back camera and an new speaker cutout.

This shows us that two things that might come are the Camera on the back and a improved speaker on the next gen iPad. We feel there is a very high chance of this happening.

Facetime and Retina Display

Since Apple has been adding front cameras and retina displays to all its products in 2010, it wouldn’t be false to guess that the iPad 2 will have at least a front facing camera and a higher res display, if not a retina display. The new iOS 4.3 beta revealed some interesting information on the next release. A bunch of people snooping around the new files found wallpapers for the iPad that have the resolution . – 1536 x 800px compared to the existing 768 x 400  px that is approximately 4x the resolution (2x both ways).

We also believe, looking at Apple’s trend that the new iPad will definitely have a front facing camera and a Higher resolution display.

Gizmodo posted a good sketch of what the iPad 2 may look like, including resolution enhancement.

 

Engadget got hold of a dummy of the iPad 2 during CES at one of the case manufacturers booths. this showed a new design- with a flat back and a potentially larger capacity – 128 GB to be precise. This would be just brilliant for the iPad

 

New Rumors

After a series of breakouts, a whole bunch of new information has come into light. There is news of a new A5 chip, this will be used in the new iPhone this year and apparently the new iPad as-well. Whats the A5 chip? well the heart of the A5 is the multi-core ARM Cortex A9. Which will also be the heart of Nvidia Tegra processors that will be in the series of Android devices slated for this year, along with the Ti-omap processor in the Blackberry Playbook.

AppleInsider claims that Apple is moving to dual-core SGX543 graphics, up from the A4’s single SGX535 GPU. This would enable it to process graphics at 4x times the capability – and the 4x resolution included. We can also expect 1080P hHD video output, and an improved experience along with higher ram and overall enhancement of hardware. But, hey that what we want anyway.

Some more interesting pictures of cases have also shown up. this ones have to new cut-out – claimed possibly for Sd-card slot and a display out. We are highly skeptical that Apple may add a memory card slot to increase memory size, may only act as a camera card reader, But, nonetheless the SD CARD slot would be a great addon. The Video out port may be a possibility, But, then again Apple can use the dock connector for that and dont really need a dedicated video out port, Unless its HDMI.

So here is a a Final List of features that may or may not come to the iPad

  • Facetime Camera – High Possibility
  • Rear Camera – High Possibility
  • New Liquid Metal design + carbon fibre – Unlikely
  • 4x Graphics – Possible
  • More Ram – High Possibility (and much needed)
  • New A5 Chip – High Possibility
  • Sd Card Slot- Unlikely
  • Mini Display Port – Unlikely
  • Larger Capacity 128 gb – Possible
  • Retina Display – High Res Display is more likely
  • 4G – No rumors on that – our guess – Not happening

 

Sources : Engadget, Gizmodo, Mac-Rumors, MICGAdget, Apple- Insider , Twitter

 

 



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Bharat Nagpal
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  • Vaibhav

    My list of highly likely upgrades would include:

    -Front and rear cameras including Facetime.
    -High-res screen although not the same PPI as the iphone 4. Remember, since an ipad is held further away from the eyes as compared to the iphone, you do not require the same PPI to achieve a similar result.
    -Slimmer body.
    -Better graphics (most probably dual core).
    -Dual core A5 processor.
    -More RAM.
    -SD Card Slot.
    -Display Port or HDMI.
    -External Speaker.
    -Larger capacity is a possibility too.

    It will probably ship in April.

    • Vaibhav

      Also, CDMA and GSM ipads will not to separate. A combined Qualcomm chip is likely to be used. This should be true for iphone 5 also.

    • Vaibhav

      I forgot to mention that they “might” get rid of the home button. The new ipad is likely to support multitouch input which will also act as a substitute for the home button if it is removed!

      • forgot to put that in, but i personally, like the home button, it might just get very very irritating to not have a home button on the iPad.

        • Same here. Home button is a life saver especially when you quickly want to end an app. It is hard to imagine iPad or any iOS device without a home button. But not to worry, even if they get it wrong in iPad 2, there is always iPad 3 and 4 worth waiting for with the home button placed back.

    • If Apple puts too many features in iPad 2 how will they sell iPad 3,4 and so on. As per Apple policy never put too many eggs in one basket. So, you will get all the features you desire in iPad 4 only. iPhone is a classic case to understand my viewpoint.

  • You forgot the most important thing. Steve Jobs will not be releasing iPad 2 because he is on sick leave. Either this or iPad 2 will be released when “Jobs” returns on job.

    • Tim Cook – Apple COO will launch the device if Steve is not back by the time they have decided to announce the device. I highly doubt they will wait till Steve is well again to release apple products