Apple iPad 2.0 rumor roundup

Apple's iPad has been nothing short of a blockbuster success. It created a tablet craze that other manufactures are working feverishly to try and bite into to take a small chunk of the emerging market. Apple's iPad has been so successful that rumors about the sequel are flying around faster than most can follow. We have put together a list based on plausibility on all of the rumors that have landed over the last several months.

Nearly Confirmed:

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Among the half dozen or so rumors that seem most plausible is the one that states the iPad will get a camera. When the first iPad came out, it was quickly torn apart and it was discovered that there was a spot that would fit a camera, so it seems logical that version two will support one. This rumor seems to carry the most weight as Apple is also looking to push its FaceTime platform on as many devices as possible, and by giving the iPad a camera, it's one more area for Apple to hawk its software.

Plausible:

One common complaint about the iPad is that the device is heavy. For the tablet size, holding it for long periods of time can become a burden, which points to the next rumor. Sources have indicated that a redesign is destined for the iPad 2. While it most likely won't be an entire redesign, it will most likely be a bit thinner and will shed some weight from the first generation and update the speaker too. We can see this trend in the first and second iPhone and first and second iPod Touch.

  

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Also recently rumored was the fact that Apple may release a CDMA version of the iPad. With all of the recent rumors surrounding the iPhone coming to Verizon, it does seem plausible that this may happen. One issue with all the iPad/iPhone CDMA rumors is that sources may get their information crossed. The two devices are similar in nature and it wouldn't be to hard cross paths on which device information may be leaking. Hopefully, the sources were able to distinguish between the two products.

On the Fence:

Also up is the idea that the iPad will receive a new, higher density display, or more likely a "Retina" display. This seems logical but let's take a look at the entire picture. If Apple touts a new design, at least one new camera (possibly two if one is placed on the back of the device) and FaceTime, is tossing a new display in the mix too much for Apple? Typically, Apple will only add a few new features at a time and they traditionally milk out the updates for the platform (see iPhone progression as an example). Also, this would force App developers to develop for another resolution display, which may cause the whispers of "fragmentation" start to appear. The higher resolution display will surface at some time in the future, but for the iPad 2, it's still up in the air.

Not Plausible:

One rumor that surfaced some time back was that the iPad would get a USB port. This seems highly unlikely as Apple does not see the iPad as a PC replacement but more of a compliment to it. For starters, you cant even use the device until it's synced to a PC much less replace your PC with an iPad. The idea of adding ports goes against Apple's minimalist look, and the dock connector is here to stay as Apple has invested heavily in its success.

The iPad is rumored to be announced in January which is right around the corner. With Apple possibly announcing the iPad 2 and a Verizon iPhone in January, it could be a great month for Apple consumers and Apple's bottom line.

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Camera - yes
Retina display - wait or the third gen
Reduced height/width - not likely, Apple won't want the new one to look like a little brother version

I don't even see why everyone thinks the retina display is so good, I can't see the difference between my old ipod touch 2g, my HTC desire hd and my sisters iPhone 4.

That's why iPad2 is probably going to have a USB port (else they won't be able to sell the 3G version in Europe) and the iPhone5 is going to have USB for sure.

TonyLock said,
What about the fact a USB port being a EU requirement for portable devices?

It's a voluntary agreement which isn't legally binding.

Islander said,
That's why iPad2 is probably going to have a USB port (else they won't be able to sell the 3G version in Europe) and the iPhone5 is going to have USB for sure.

I doubt this.

I think calling Retina display fragmenting apps is misusing that term, or at least as for how I use it. I call for fragmentation when there's no way to do something on a device because a developer focused on another format/platform/device. However, the case with Retina displays is that Apple seem to aim to precisely double the resolution, so that older non-Retina enhanced apps can still run perfectly fine, even without a stretched image or black borders at the sides. And then, with that experience, I think it's too much to call for fragmentation. Developers are free to work on Retina support at their pace without sacrificing a user base.

Well, of course... A Retina app may sell better than one that isn't supporting that among iPhone 4 users, but that's of course a developer problem with not being competitive, and not an issue with fragmentation per se.

Personally I don't see Apple delivering Retina pixel density support on the iPad though. That would be quite shocking. I think the cost would still be too high for that. Or... Well, it'd perhaps be covered by the iPad 2 price, but Apple's profit margin would become too small.

The iPad 2 will be just as successful as the first one despite the competition next year. Prediction: There will still be news posts all next year of different tablets and they will always be compared to the iPad. Why? Because Apple has the market. So long as people are looking for an iPad "Killer" it will be considered the standard in the market for its form factor. There won't be "is this a Galaxy Tab killer" or "is this the HP Slate killer" because nobody cares.

As pointed out by others, a "Retina" iPhone like display would probably be too costly for the screen size. I doubt Apple would want to push the price up as it currently is in a sweet spot in the market. There may be a bump in resolution but it won't be the same dpi as the iPhone. And the whole "fragmentation" thing is always a looming problem as they introduce new resolutions.

I think they'll decrease the size a bit, not necessarily the screen but the body itself which will in turn get the weight down a bit. The camera I think is dead set 100% going to happen, there is no reason for it not to, especially with Facetime in the mix.

I think the retina display is unlikely given I'm unaware of any displays that would really qualify as a "retina" display in the 9.8" category (and if they did they are probably expensive). Indeed, I think they'd improve the density by using a 8.9/9" display of the same resolution before they considered substantually increasing the resolution of the current display. That would also help the size issues without creating any headaches for developers.

Ultimately I think the big updates could be in the software this time around along with services. I still think a subscription based iTunes could be announced alongside the new iPad given there was a lot of rumors about that early last year that sort of died off.

Ohh and they will double the RAM, may as well be on par with the iPhone. They may also add a 128GB option.

Ohh and besides cost and availability, the other argument against a retina display, assuming it is 2x the current res, is that it probably would need a substantially more powerful chip to drive it, especially for multimedia and games. The iPhones took it to a res close to the iPad so they could use the iPads processor fine...doubling the resolution again however would probably require a new CPU.

Hardly a round up. Much more information has leaked such as a new design with flat back and better speakers.

bdsams said,
Clearly stated: "Sources have indicated that a redesign is destined for the iPad 2"

What sources, leaked images, etc.

One of the ideas behind the retina display's resolution was that old software would work fine as it was increased x2 in each direction. So the "fragmentation" comment is crap.

Pretty rubbish "article", what about the rumours of dual core processor and flat back for example?

Apple has to sell new iPads every year. So they won't spend all the features in just one year's launch. I wonder what would they add to the iPhone in the coming years?

When the first iPad came out, it was quickly torn apart and it was discovered that there was a spot that would fit a camera, so it seems logical that version two will support one.

Using such logic, one could assume the first iPad should have had one!

njlouch said,

Using such logic, one could assume the first iPad should have had one!

According to many rumors the original iPad should have had one, but it was pulled the very last moment. Similar to what happened to the camera in the 2009 iPod touch.

njlouch said,

Using such logic, one could assume the first iPad should have had one!

I thought the hole in the leaked casing shots ended up being the hole for the home button?

njlouch said,

Using such logic, one could assume the first iPad should have had one!

that was apple coming to the realization that there were too many features in a 1st generation product and thus there would not be enough milk for consumers to suck on in the future.

njlouch said,

Using such logic, one could assume the first iPad should have had one!

Yes, it should of had one. One of my many complaints with Apple's products. They seem to rush their product to the market so they can beat everyone else and leave out key standard features until v2.