We are up to 1 thrill per minute here, folks.
I love the smell of iPad rumors in the morning. It smells like...well, mostly like crap. About 80% of Apple product rumors are either wildly untrue or (like the iPad 2 cameras) so obvious as to not really count as a rumor. The remaining 20% usually aren't very interesting or revealing. Although (*cough* Gizmodo's illegally purchased iPhone 4 *cough*) that isn't always the case.
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But today, John Gruber of Daring Fireball has thrown some water on our fire. His sources within Apple claim that the iPad 2 will not have a retinal display. References to 2048x1536 resolution apps likely pertain to prototype versions of later iPads that only exist in some dank, locked room in Cupertino.
In addition, camera app images have been found in iOS 4.3b1- and they give the resolution as 1024x768.
There's still substantial debate over whether or not the iPad's display will improve, but it seems unlikely that we will see the pixels double. For one thing, it would require an enormous jump in RAM to make practical.
Apple has at least admitted that they are working on the iPad 2. COO Tim Cook also had a few harsh words for the bevy of 'wannabe' contenders announced at CES.
“The third batch, as in the ones announced at CES, nothing is shipping yet. They lack performance, timing and prices. Essentially they are vapour”.
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Harsh words. And ones Tim can back up as long as Moto and RIM and the like hold off on making their final announcements.