Apple takes pride in its ability to stun the industry. It didn't take a behavioral analyst to see how satisfied Steve Jobs was in the shock at the iPad's $499 price tag. 2011 looks set to have an equally memorable keynotemoment, as Apple launches an iPad that is much smaller - all around - with no loss in display size.
That's the possibility Beatweek's Bill Palmer raised. The iPad currently has a giant, inch+bezel all around. While all of that space isn't going to clear up, Apple could cut most of it away end be left with a smaller (and lighter) device.
One of the complaints directed against the iPad is that it is too large and too heavy for comfortable, extended use. Apple definitely plans to reduce the size of their tablets from generation to generation (they've done so with the iPhone) and this seems like a better way to reduce surface area than, say, dropping to 7".
An NFC chip also seems increasingly likely in the iPad 2. Gerald Madlmayr, an NFC expert in Vienna, expects to see these chips make it to virtually all new Apple products.
“Imagine you touch an AirPort with a new iPad and the Wi-Fi is connected — with full security — in less than a second. No configuration is necessary any more. This makes this technology pretty useful.”
This would also allow for automatic set-up of new devices and easier media sharing between Apple gadgets. That is definitely in keeping with the tight, self-contained ecosystem Apple is so famous for. What's more 'magic' than a family of products that all secretly work together to make your life easier?
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