Menu
Swatch announces to make Batteries with Unmatched Storage Capacity

Swatch announces to make Batteries with Unmatched Storage Capacity

Harrison Ford returns in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner Sequel

Harrison Ford returns to Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner Sequel

The Science Behind The Dress

The Science Behind The Dress

Star Trek's Renaissance Man Leonard Nimoy, dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Renaissance Man, Dead at 83

Apple Watch Will Ditch the Car Keys and Remind Users to Exercise

Apple Watch Will Ditch the Car Keys and Remind Users to Exercise

The iPad 2: Everything We Think We Know

Mar 1 2011, 10:25am CST | by , in Rumors | Apple

The iPad 2: Everything We Think We Know
/* Story Top Left 2010 300x250, created 7/15/10 */ google_ad_slot = "8340327155";
Buy iPad from Amazon Cyber Monday and Black Friday Now

And also some speculation.

The iPad 2 will be unveiled tomorrow. This is fact. Everything we've heard about the iPad 2 falls into one of three categories. Obvious, Wishful Thinking and Straight-Up Fantasy. Without further ado...

Obvious: The iPad 2 will pack front-facing camera and (most likely) a rear-facing camera. We've seen early cases leak out with a rear camera. A thinner body and bump to 512 MB of RAM have also been leaked numerous times.

Earlier this week, a white iPad 2 frame leaked out. It revealed both the presence of a second color option, and a front-facing camera. We can also expect a processor boost- 1.2 GHz dual-core seems the most likely.

Wishful Thinking: Storage space could expand up to 128 GB, according to some analysts. This is one of those rumors based on what the iPad 2 "should" have, and not necessarily what Apple will decide it needs to have.

A few rumors (and some renders) point towards a microSD slot on the iPad 2. This rumor has fallen out of favor lately, so don't put too much stock in it. Lately, the buzz has centered more around the possibility of Intel's Thunderbolt port in the iPad 2. Since Apple has exclusivity with the technology for 2011, we may just see this rumor come true.

Last, we've got the recent rumors that Apple's seriously ill CEO Steve Jobs will be at the iPad 2 unveiling. This seems highly unlikely, but I would be ecstatic to be wrong.

Straight-Up Fantasy: First off, the retinal display. Ever since Apple shoved that term into the vernacular with the iPhone 5, people have speculated about what gadget will pack an ultra-high pixel display next. This rumor has popped up quite a few times. Unfortunately, the enormous processor drain and battery drain a retinal display would necessitate makes it extremely unlikely at this point.

We've also heard quite a few rumors that the iPad 2 will launch Verizon ready. While this is extremely likely, it is unlikely that we'll see an LTE iPad 2 this early in the game. Quite frankly, Verizon's network doesn't yet have the coverage to make it worthwhile for Apple. I may be wrong on this one, but it seems more Apple's style to wait until the technology has had more time to mature. And more time to reach a broader base of customers.

What is the Market?

The iPad 2 will not run unopposed. The days of Apple's 87.4% market share are coming to an end. Which means Apple will find themselves increasingly pushed to pick a "market".

Last year, if you wanted a tablet the iPad was the only game in town. Now we've got the Xoom, and a whole host of decent competition from Archos. The PlayBook will launch soon, as will the TouchPad and dozens of other high-quality slates. Apple is going to lose the niche users who, last year, had no option to buy the tablet they really wanted.

I expect Apple to push the iPad 2- and subsequent slates, as primary devices for people who don't really want or need a full-on desktop/laptop all the time. One of the new features in OS X Lion allows seamless remote desktop control. Why get off of your iPad to pull files or media from your Mac?

Apple has spent the last decade successfully courting people who 1. don't like technology and 2. need to use technology all the time. The iPad as a product represents a compromise. An attempt to deliver the primary functionality of a computer to people who don't understand them.

iPad 2

What About the Magic? Much like a magician in Bartertown, Apple trades on magic. The only credible rumors we have for the iPad 2 are a faster processor, more RAM, a thinner profile and cameras. While all of that is grand, none of that is "magic". There's got to be something- some hardware feature or new addition to iOS or new app, that Apple thinks will 'wow' us into buying.

The new dual-core A5 chip is a possibility. And I won't discount Thunderbolt either. But Apple may reach for 'magic' by focusing on two things none of their competitors have been able to match yet. Price, and battery life. If the iPad 2 can beat its predecessor in longevity AND power, while still running $499 for the low-end model, the Xoom et al will be in serious trouble.

Maybe that isn't flashy enough for the Cupertino-based company, but it strikes me as exactly the sort of 'magic' Steve Jobs built an empire on.

You Might Also Like

Read the Latest

Photo credit: Gary Miller/Getty Images

Chad Johnson To 'Fashion Police'? Ex NFLer Wants Osbourne's Chair Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson is rumored to be looking for a new vocation beyond professional football: fashion...

4 hours ago, 4:55pm CST

The next Nexus 7 could possibly be manufactured by Huawei

The next Nexus 7 could possibly be manufactured by Huawei Huawei has its own Kirin processor lineup which has been used in the company’s phones for quite some time

9 hours ago, 12:09pm CST

Google presents plan to extend headquarters at Silicon Valley

Google presents plan to extend headquarters at Silicon Valley The new construction will have movable blocks under translucent canopies

9 hours ago, 11:25am CST

Wesleyan Drug Paradox: Molly Overdoses Happened Even With Stricter Campus Rules

Wesleyan Drug Paradox: Molly Overdoses Happened Even With Stricter Campus Rules In wake of a string of club overdoses at Wesleyan University, a battle wages in terms of how to address the growing...

11 hours ago, 9:32am CST

Games of Thrones Season 5 Artwork Revealed

Games of Thrones Season 5 Artwork Revealed The newest poster of the show depicts Lannister on a ship with one of Khaleesi’s dragons on the horizon flying towards...

13 hours ago, 8:04am CST

Saturn Moon Titan could Support Life

Saturn Moon Titan could Support Life Cornell University researchers say life on Saturn Moon Titan is possible, but it would be different from Earth.

13 hours ago, 7:54am CST

Kelly Osbourne leaves Fashion Police

Kelly Osbourne leaves Fashion Police Kelly Osbourne quits the E! Entertainment’s show Fashion Police after the whole Rancic-Zendaya racial comment debacle...

13 hours ago, 7:51am CST

Jennifer Lawrence adores David O. Russell

Jennifer Lawrence adores David O. Russell Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence took to Facebook to eliminate the false gossip surrounding her having...

14 hours ago, 6:28am CST

Thief returns Lupita Nyong'o $150K Fake Pearls Dress

Lupita Nyong'o $150K Oscar Dress found in Trash The 6000 pearls on Lupita Nyong'o's Oscar dress are not real jewels, as the thief himself returns the dress...

15 hours ago, 5:34am CST

The Dress sets new Record on Buzzfeed for Most Viewed Post

The Dress sets new Record on Buzzfeed for Most Viewed Post The Dress is still the top trending hashtag on Twitter. Buzzfeed has revealed just how big The Dress phenomenon is. One...

19 hours ago, 1:31am CST

Star Trek's Renaissance Man Leonard Nimoy, dead at 83

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Renaissance Man, Dead at 83 Leonard Nimoy passed away on February 27, 2015, at the age of 83 as the world mourns the loss of a beloved entertainer.

21 hours ago, 11:18pm CST

Sprint Promo shows the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Sprint Promo shows the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge The image comes from a verified Sprint employee

1 day ago, 11:33am CST

Google reverses decision to ban Explicit content On Blogger

Google reverses decision to ban Explicit content On Blogger Users protested the search giant's decision to block all sexually explicit content on its blogging platform

1 day ago, 11:26am CST

Swiss luxury watch makers respond to the Apple Watch

Swiss luxury watch makers respond to the Apple Watch Luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, are going to turn their traditional watches into mechanical...

1 day ago, 11:20am CST

MWC 2015 Preview

MWC 2015 Preview The Mobile World Congress is the most prominent event in the Mobile Industry. The Mobile World Congress is the World’s...

1 day ago, 10:53am CST

Samsung Galaxy S6 to ship with earbuds similar to Apple earpods

Samsung Galaxy S6 to ship with earbuds similar to Apple earpods The earbuds feature the same flat tangle-free cord design and a remote

1 day ago, 9:37am CST

$100 million Deal for Keeping Up with Kardashians

$100 million Deal for Keeping Up with Kardashians The Kardashian clan reportedly signed a $100 million deal with E! for another four years of the Keeping Up with...

1 day ago, 9:17am CST

Photo credit: Larry W. Smith/Stringer/Getty Images

Missouri Mass Shooting: 9 Dead In Suspected Murder-Suicide Police in a rural part of Missouri are investigating nine deaths believed to be the result of a murder-suicide. The...

1 day ago, 9:08am CST

Sex Box comes to US

Sex Box comes to US The show is about couples facing intimacy issues in their relationships which are resolved by specialists and the...

1 day ago, 9:04am CST

8000 Years Ago Ancient Britons traded in Wheat

Ancient Britons traded in Wheat 8000 Years Ago Recently 8000 years old wheat DNA samples were found at an ancient site in Britain indicating the presence of Bread...

1 day ago, 8:39am CST

House of Cards Season 3 makes President a Little Human

House of Cards Season 3 makes President a Little Human House of Cards receive social media attention prior to its season 3 which premiered at Empire Cinema in Central London

1 day ago, 7:54am CST

Twitter updates User Safety Features to stop Abuse

Twitter updates User Safety Features to stop Abuse Twitter announces new user safety features and also tripled the size of its abuse handling team.

1 day ago, 5:57am CST

Assassin’s Creed Unity App Review

Assassin’s Creed Unity App Review Assassin’s Creed Unity was one of the most anticipated games for the past year. The game enthusiasts had waited for...

1 day ago, 5:28am CST

Jihadi John Victim’s Widow wants Emwazi caught Alive

Jihadi John Victim’s Widow wants Emwazi caught Alive An ISIS figure named Jihadi John has his victim’s widow wanting him punished for his heinous crime.

1 day ago, 5:23am CST

Facebook lends Free Option regarding Gender Identity

Facebook lends Free Option regarding Gender Identity Facebook has lent its users a free option as regards gender identity. Those who frequent the social network may...

1 day ago, 4:30am CST

New Swatch Touch Zero One Smartwatch Unveiled

New Swatch Touch Zero One Smartwatch Unveiled Swatch announced the Swatch Touch Zero One Smartwatch tailored for Beach Volleyball.

1 day ago, 4:23am CST

Google Paid $25 Million for New Top-Level Domain

Google Paid $25 Million for New Top-Level Domain Google holds a number of world records: the company is the largest Internet advertiser, the largest Internet search...

1 day ago, 4:12am CST

How to Get Away with Murder returns This Fall after Killer Season 1 Finale

How to Get Away with Murder returns This Fall for Season 2 The TV soap opera How to Get Away with Murder finale was shown to rapt audiences everywhere and a new promo for Season...

1 day ago, 4:09am CST

Ericsson Sues Apple for Patent Infringement

Ericsson Sues Apple for Patent Infringement Mobile phone pioneer Ericsson sues Apple in a big way for Patent Infringement.

1 day ago, 3:52am CST

Qualcomm combines LTE and Wi-Fi in its New LTE-U Chips

Qualcomm integrates both LTE and Wi-Fi in its New LTE-U Small Cells Qualcomm is working on extending LTE so to enhance user mobile experience which will also help the operators with...

1 day ago, 3:50am CST

$75,000 Apple Watch revealed

$75,000 Apple Watch revealed When Apple's designs are not exclusive enough then there are 3rd parties who add gold and diamonds to the iGadget...

1 day ago, 3:22am CST

Assassins Creed Pirates

Assassins Creed Pirates Assassin’s Creed’s a name that is known among all the game lovers around the globe. This game has made millions of fans...

1 day ago, 3:17am CST

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus