iPad 2 coming in January, Light Peak MBP in April?

Rumors about the iPad 2 have been flying across the Internet as of late and it doesn't look like they are stopping anytime soon. While the next iPad is rumored to have a new screen, new touch technology, and a lighter design, one source is pegging the release for January of 2011.

EdibleApple.com is claiming that Apple will hold two press events inr Q1 of 2011. At the first event in January, Apple will unveil a new iPad with a "front and rear facing camera" and increased specs.  A relatively safe bet for an iPad 2 prediction, but the January announcement is a new development.

Also claimed is that Apple will be unveiling a new MacBook Pro in April with many new features. "The new MacBook Pros will move to solid state storage, up to 512GB, remove the optical drive, and we believe light-peak is being pushed to make it’s first-ever entrance into the market, another Apple exclusive".

If true, this will help to separate the MacBook Pro from its younger brother the MacBook. Apple has typically been on the leading edge of killing outdated formats as they were among the first to remove the floppy drive from their PCs. Apple has already started this trend by showing that the MacBook Air is a fully capable machine that does not need an optical drive.

Finally a major revision to Final Cut Pro is expected to be unveiled in Q1. A user reportedly emailed Jobs asking about an update to the platform which Jobs replied, "stay tuned and buckle up." As with any rumor, take it with a grain of salt.

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aftas said,

This will arrive on day or another.

Replace the whole keyboard with a full multitouch screen.


starting to sound like a iPad there....

lflashl said,

starting to sound like a iPad there....

Not really.....

Replace your current keyboard with a touchscreen. It really isnt that different.

Im thinking this will come one day or another (Gamers and such will problably still perfer the classic keyboard)

Jose_49 said,
Wow, they are going to remove the optical drive. By default they don't have VGA or HDMI. So what's next? Replace the trackpad with a full multi-touchscreen?

Dont worry. Jobs says no. Source: www[dot]tinyurl[dot]com/2djyewz

You people do realise if you want an optical drive you can get an external one right... I never use my optical drive its really a waste of space! And I've been using an Air for about a month now and not needed it the only thing I've wanted is an ethernet port.

It's the move to make more money out of their consumer.. Without optical drive, user have to use mac apps store to purchase the apps/software/games which will apple will pocket 30% of the sales. If you chose to buy an optical disc for your software/games you will be forced to buy an over price external optical drive. This time they remove optical drive. Next time they will remove the ability to install software that you purchase out of apps store... Slowly it is moving to iOS platform. MBP are popular with the people in the media industry. So that limit the option for users to install final cut pro.

Kimskull said,
you will be forced to buy an over priced external optical drive.
Optical drives are available from manufacturers other than Apple.

People need to seriously take off their troll pants and defense hats right now. Seriously anyones comment that isn't in favor of Apple in this article is being attacked by kiddies wanting to either 1. start a useless argument or 2. defend assumptions and rumors as if they are facts and have already happened. The ones doing this need to get over yourselves. Is it so hard to just comment normally or just not say anything? If so I think you need to sign off for a while.

As for the article:
For the iPad 2 I believe there will be atleast a forward facing camera for FaceTime, thats obvious as well as improved specs. A read camera? Its a tablet, but I guess if it doesn't cost that much extra to produce.

For the MacBook Pro, even though they were saying "this is the future" on the MacBook Air announcement, I can't see them completely getting rid of the DVD drive (and not filling the gap) and moving to solely ssd storage. Those are two things that people keep "trolling and defending" like I stated earlier. None of your "opinions" actually make any real points for the majority. Woops going off subject, teehee. But yeah, I can see some different options with SSD storage or maybe dual drives (yeah going out on a limb), but not completely ridding of the two.

I'd agree moving the optical drive is a bad move. I'd be shocked to see that actually happen. Fair enough i barely use mine... i've had my MBP for months and have only used it a hand full of times. However i do expect the option to burn a CD if i want to.

Then again, would i give up optical to get a SSD and HDD? probably... it wouldnt hurt to have an external drive in my laptop bag, like i said i barely use it.

I guess there are pros and cons to this, the one thing that is clear is that it will end up costing us more money if we opt in for the optical drive.

i don't like the idea of no optical drive for a macbook pro - Noooooooo! what about software installs...so we'd need to get a separate drive in addition to the expensive of buying a macbook pro - terrific!

I do think optical discs are on the way out, but the truth is maybe people still rely on them. Of course you can get an external drive but it's an extra thing to carry around. We must keep in mind this is a rumor. Apple might actually be planning to ditch it down the line but not next year.

e-berlin.org said,
No optical drive? That's brave.

They said the same of the fist iMac that didn't include a 3,5-inch floppy drive and had USB / FireWire ports only.

.Neo said,

They said the same of the fist iMac that didn't include a 3,5-inch floppy drive and had USB / FireWire ports only.

No "they" didn't. Floppies were dead LONG before any vendor dumped them.

excalpius said,

No "they" didn't. Floppies were dead LONG before any vendor dumped them.


Yeah "they" did. When I got my first iMac (1998), it was still mainstream practice in the PC world to create a startup disc, on a floppy, in order to install Windows 98. It wasn't until many years later that other computer companies followed Apple example.

Apple was groundbreaking at the time to introduce a computer without a floppy drive and USB ports only and the PC world called them nuts for doing so.

If they are removing the drive, then I'm glad I'm getting a MBP next month. Although I don't use the drive in my laptop that often, its great to be able to watch DVD's and rip CD's on there without having to fuss about with an external one.

WelshBluebird said,
If they are removing the drive, then I'm glad I'm getting a MBP next month. Although I don't use the drive in my laptop that often, its great to be able to watch DVD's and rip CD's on there without having to fuss about with an external one.
I wouldn't have bought my MBP if it didn't have an optical drive for the reasons you have stated. I'd still be using a Windows laptop...heh, I would have been on Vista, what an odd idea.

If the new iPads have a significantly higher resolution screen then I'll probably upgrade from iPad 1. Otherwise, nothing else really sounds appealing enough for an upgrade already.

Shadrack said,
If the new iPads have a significantly higher resolution screen then I'll probably upgrade from iPad 1. Otherwise, nothing else really sounds appealing enough for an upgrade already.
Agreed. The iPhone 4 display makes my iPad's look like crap heh. I doubt it will be "retina" but probably a higher res.

Although as a developer I'll most likely upgrade anyways. You can get a pretty good return if you sell it a month or so before the new ones ship.

I personally think any Apple Product is overpriced- They overhype everything like always remember with itunes we have a revolutionary event coming --the Beatles on Itunes -cost u 150$ if u use itunes but 100$ if u buy them- what about the Sweat Shops where they make most apple products -Employees said it was like a prison or jail in there overworked and underpaid and arrogant and egotistical Jobs makes all that money.

PuttPutt said,
I personally think any Apple Product is overpriced- They overhype everything like always remember with itunes we have a revolutionary event coming --the Beatles on Itunes -cost u 150$ if u use itunes but 100$ if u buy them- what about the Sweat Shops where they make most apple products -Employees said it was like a prison or jail in there overworked and underpaid and arrogant and egotistical Jobs makes all that money.
I'll try and keep my rudeness to a minimum but c'mon man? seriously lol. iPad's are hardly overpriced. They are a great bargain, so much that most other tablets cost even more! As for their "sweat shop prisons." Get the facts before you start spewing nonsense out. These factories are not owned, controlled or managed by Apple. Not to mention they produce products for many other companies, not just Apple. I can't comment on the conditions, but whatever they are, it's hardly Apple's fault. If you're looking for someone to blame, start with the company that owns and controls these factories.

Xero said,
I hope the rumors of light peak are true. I want that technology desperately.

it would just simplifiy machine internal wiring + more bandwidth
thank god no more new input formats!

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