Amazon Germany prematurely reveals iPad 2 specs?

According to a report over at YourDailyApple.net, Amazon Germany has accidentally posted the full specs along with a release date for the upcoming iPad 2.

Steve Jobs is expected to reveal the new iPad details and availability later today in San Francisco.

The iPad 2 showed up on Amazon with the following specs:

  • Thunderbolt
  • A camera
  • 1.2GHz CPU
  • 9.7-inch screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth

Unfortunately the Amzon link that YourDailyApple.net posted has stopped working, possibly because Amazon has pulled it down. The iPad 2 came with a slated release date of March 17th.

YourDailyApple.net also can't be reached at this time, possibly to do with heavy site traffic due to this news; but we've managed to save a screenshot they posted before the site went down thanks to GizmoCrunch.

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I wonder if Apple's supposed move to Thunderbolt only interfaces is a sneaky way around EU legislation regarding mini-USB, i.e. future devices will support mini-USB... but only via Apple's own Thunderbolt->Mini-USB adapter.

No loss on the Accessories market for them that way.

Ever heard of a Thin Clients? Citrix? Yes the iPad would make the perfect business device, so yes an external display does make sense just as much as file transfer. mhhhkay have a nice day

iFleX said,
Ever heard of a Thin Clients? Citrix? Yes the iPad would make the perfect business device, so yes an external display does make sense just as much as file transfer. mhhhkay have a nice day

It would kill their laptop business. I agree, it would be a great idea, but they're not in a business position to do that now.

Thunderbolt for external display? Clearly, some of you are oblivious to the concept of a tablet device. Now, the more intelligent option is using it for file transfer which means people will have to purchase new Macs just so they could sync up at 10 Gbps, I doubt anybody will. The only reason Apple might put Thunderbolt in the iPad 2 is purely for marketing because by the time there will be any real adoption of TB, the iPad 4 will be out. What I do want in the iPad 2 is a camera which is 99% likely. It doesn't seem like the iPad 2 will have any major upgrades except the camera.

ManOfMystery said,
Thunderbolt for external display? Clearly, some of you are oblivious to the concept of a tablet device. Now, the more intelligent option is using it for file transfer which means people will have to purchase new Macs just so they could sync up at 10 Gbps, I doubt anybody will. The only reason Apple might put Thunderbolt in the iPad 2 is purely for marketing because by the time there will be any real adoption of TB, the iPad 4 will be out. What I do want in the iPad 2 is a camera which is 99% likely. It doesn't seem like the iPad 2 will have any major upgrades except the camera.

The thunderbolt is there is to speed up the transfer sync, i doubt they will be putting a display feed through the iPad the screen is just a little small. Syncing a minimum spec iPad (16GB) will be a lot lot faster, allowing people to truly purchase a film, download and quickly sync it across. I was hoping for something like that as syncing via USB is too slow, even when transfering small amounts such as 6 / 8GB. Hopefully the iPhones will also use the same connector.

I just wish that the new Apple A5 is a Dual Core 1.2 GHz Processor. That would be so much more power to play with in a tablet. Otherwise its a small bump from the current 1 GHz A4 Processor which wont really push me to upgrade.

Big Daddy Cool said,
I just wish that the new Apple A5 is a Dual Core 1.2 GHz Processor. That would be so much more power to play with in a tablet. Otherwise its a small bump from the current 1 GHz A4 Processor which wont really push me to upgrade.

It is dual core but basically the same as tegra 2 dual core processor as in the xoom except with SGX543 GPU which is a minor step up from the A4 as a whole only adds a few minor features and slightly more stable performance. Pretty much you'll see same performance as tegra dual core processor but maybe bit less in gpu area. But on an ipad, considering all the restrictions it'll probably be a lot of wasted power.

Digitalx said,

It is dual core but basically the same as tegra 2 dual core processor as in the xoom except with SGX543 GPU which is a minor step up from the A4 as a whole only adds a few minor features and slightly more stable performance. Pretty much you'll see same performance as tegra dual core processor but maybe bit less in gpu area. But on an ipad, considering all the restrictions it'll probably be a lot of wasted power.

There's no guarantee it's dual core, but i'd like to think it is.

Really hoped they'd added some sort of pen / digitiser input to this model. It'd make it infinitely more useful and valuable as a University student.

~Johnny said,
Really hoped they'd added some sort of pen / digitiser input to this model. It'd make it infinitely more useful and valuable as a University student.

Didn't Apple mock Windows tablets for having those?

sviola said,

Didn't Apple mock Windows tablets for having those?

I think they disagreed with having resistive touch screens + stylus', but a capacitive screen with a digitiser would be completely awesome.

if it's true, not even an upgrade they should just call it ipad 1.2

If thunderbolt is the only transfer options well goodbye pc users. Be a fail just like when ipod came out and had no itunes on windows and was firewire only.

iKenndac said,
Until a week ago, every single Mac didn't have Thunderbolt either. There's no way it'll be Thunderbolt-only.

Ah you never know apple loves shafting people like that.

The_Decryptor said,

Apple's not that stupid.

Quite. Also, the first iPod was Mac-only, and all Macs had Firewire at that point, and USB 2.0 wasn't even standardized until after it was released. Could you imagine copying 5Gb of data over USB 1.1?

Digitalx said,
if it's true, not even an upgrade they should just call it ipad 1.2

If thunderbolt is the only transfer options well goodbye pc users. Be a fail just like when ipod came out and had no itunes on windows and was firewire only.


It will come with a Thunderbolt-to-USB adapter. Thunderbolt is compatible with alot of adapters.

DrScouse said,
Nice.. another fast interface thats faster than any of the devices that can be connected to it!

Always good to be slightly future-proof, don't you think?

John. said,

Always good to be slightly future-proof, don't you think?

Except that the devices storage isnt expandable, removeable or upgradeable. So it's not future-proof unless you mean the connector which is also not future-proof currently. Except that dongles may be available, which, in any case, USB is even more futureproof.

Well I take that last bit back, it (the connector) would be more future proof than USB as Thunderbolt itself can support USB dongles.

But the fact remains you can not even get anything close to 10Gbit/s on an iPad2. Not now and not in the future, so it's not future-proof.

John. said,
Always good to be slightly future-proof, don't you think?

No, I don't think.

By the time other devices catch up, then there will be another bigger, better iPad out.
Future-proof is good yes, with things like hard drive space, blank DVDs, things I know I will always need, but this...? no thanks!

John. said,

Always good to be slightly future-proof, don't you think?

if Apple really thought like this then iPad 2 should come with 4G and I don't think that will happen.

c_los said,

if Apple really thought like this then iPad 2 should come with 4G and I don't think that will happen.

considering very few carriers have a working 4G network and of those none of them have very good coverage, would be a waste. 3G caters to more people at the moment. Maybe in a year if the carriers finally get some coverage with 4G the iPad 3 will have 4G, but until then, its a waste of technology.

Mr Spoon said,

No, I don't think.

By the time other devices catch up, then there will be another bigger, better iPad out.
Future-proof is good yes, with things like hard drive space, blank DVDs, things I know I will always need, but this...? no thanks!

There will be newer iPads, but your existing one will still work.

DrScouse said,
Nice.. another fast interface thats faster than any of the devices that can be connected to it!

So is USB 3.0

Thunderbolt is compatible with any type of connection you have now.

DrScouse said,
Nice.. another fast interface thats faster than any of the devices that can be connected to it!

It's a selling point. Apple needs to give people a reason to upgrade.

The Protagonist said,

i know what thunderbolt is but why would it be on the iPad?


(Much) faster sync, and perhaps external display, other peripheral/device connectivity.

The Protagonist said,

i know what thunderbolt is but why would it be on the iPad?

To speed up data transfer between devices...

The Protagonist said,

i know what thunderbolt is but why would it be on the iPad?

Link to external display perhaps? Apple's made a push for Thunderbolt, expect to see it on all their products.

Billus said,

To speed up data transfer between devices...


yea but remember only the latest macbooks have thunderbolt at the momnent, so apple is literally putting 2 docks in that do the same thing just at different speeds? thats not like apple...

The Protagonist said,

i know what thunderbolt is but why would it be on the iPad?

to speed up transfer of music, possibly output video to a tv, faster charging and possibly allow it for ethernet when there's no wireless or 3g.

The Protagonist said,

yea but remember only the latest macbooks have thunderbolt at the momnent, so apple is literally putting 2 docks in that do the same thing just at different speeds? thats not like apple...

Uh, the old iPods used to do Firewire and USB, so sticking USB and Thunderbolt in there was to be expected.

The Protagonist said,

yea but remember only the latest macbooks have thunderbolt at the momnent, so apple is literally putting 2 docks in that do the same thing just at different speeds? thats not like apple...

They are two different interfaces, USB and Thunderbolt. Your analogy would make more sense with USB 3.0 and 2.0 but devices have that as well. Why are you crying about this anyways?

engen said,

They are two different interfaces, USB and Thunderbolt. Your analogy would make more sense with USB 3.0 and 2.0 but devices have that as well. Why are you crying about this anyways?

i am not crying or anything, i praise apple a ton for actually adding thunderbolt support into the iPad and hope to see it in the iPhone 5. i was just curious.

The Protagonist said,

yea but remember only the latest macbooks have thunderbolt at the momnent, so apple is literally putting 2 docks in that do the same thing just at different speeds? thats not like apple...

Future proofing. Thunderbolt is faster than USB

Neobond said,
That Intel technology that speeds up data transfer between devices.

Thunderbolt is a joined Intel + Apple technology and that is the reason why Apple is the first to implement it.

The Protagonist said,

hahah i guess my suspicions were correct

Thunderbolt won't do much to speed up transfers of data to or from the iPad - at least for files and stuff being stored on flash. Typically flash is the bottle neck when it comes to doing transfers with USB, unless you've got a high-end SSD doing 200MB/sec transfers, but these portable devices typically perform much worse (10-20MB/sec write/read speeds).

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