iPad 2 production begins

Since the new year, rumors about the next generation of Apple's tablet-to-beat, the iPad, have been circulating the Internet nonstop, almost ad nauseam. The problem with those rumors was just that, they were unconfirmed.

Today, however, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has finally begun production on the next model of the iPad. "[P]eople familiar with the matter" claim that the next iPad will sport a built-in camera and a faster processor all while, staying true to Apple fashion, being thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The Wall Street Journal's sources also said that the next iPad will have "at least" one camera on the front of the device for FaceTime and come with more memory than its predecessor.

The resolution of the screen, however, will remain the same. The Wall Street Journal said that Apple had problems with improving the resolution of the screen because the iPad's display is much larger than that of the iPhone's. They also stated that both AT&T and Verizon will support the 3G model of the iPad 2 at release.

There's no doubt that you probably could have guessed most of this, but WSJ has a good track record for confirming previous technology speculation.

The iPad 2 will presumably see its debut in the next coming months, even though leaked images suggested an announcement from Apple this week as reported by Neowin. The iPad 2 is expected to cost the same as the current model.

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Mr. Chronopoulos said,
So...anyone wanna buy my current iPad?

/me waits patiently for iPad 2.


I told you I'd buy it.

$5

Wasn't today the day everyone was suspecting them of announcing something about the iPad? The screen shots had the 9 on the calendar, like the other Apple product announcements?

No "retina display"?!?!
What about 2x textures and icons founded on SDK?

If Apple double resolution of assets, iPad 2 will have higher resolution.

I think that a retina resolution is currently a bit out of the league of tablet devices, yes it could be done but we are talking about 4 x the resolution of 1024x768 even if we went up 2 x we are talking of a resolution of 2048x1536. Dont get me wrong the graphic chips are out there which could do this resolution but it would sacrifice battery power for one, also it would have to be beefed up to max to handle developers making games and various apps at that high resolution. I think we will have to wait a couple of years to hit retina or hi-def screens.

The camera's are good, i like that facetime is getting out there, although apple really need to do something about the desktop. They have released a beta of facetime for the mac but it's more alpha than beta. The video quaility is good and it works really well but it's the other services and ui that need polishing up. They really need to merge iChat and FaceTime togeather and also release a windows version, this would speed up adoption.

The one thing i hope they do with the iPad is they really need to work on storage. I own an iPad and it's a really great device, portable in both battery life and weight and size. However managing files is a nightmare. I currently use DropBox and if it wasn't for this service i think i would go insane. Although even with it storage is still a nightmare. Apple need to develop a system in which we can save files in a common or unified area. From this area apps can view and open compatible files. From this area we can send and recieve files with via Wi-Fi or bluetooth, i should also be able to save attachments from emails (like photos from emails to the photos app) to the unified area. Syncing media is fine however i find that this area document / file storage really hamstrings the device and doesn't allow the iPad to really live up to it's potential as a mobile device. I understand that apple orginally targeted this device as a media / information consumption device, but they need to adapt and grow the product and this is the one area which really gives me a headache.

Personally i love the idea of the SD slot but i don't see it coming, apple have never opened their mobile devices for external storage.

Im hoping that apple have managed to keep a lot underwraps as if all the device has is a camera and a slightly smaller design then im not sold on an upgrade and will wait to see what the 3rd revision has.

+1.
And I believe myself that they WILL include SD storage.

And not necessarily, having a Retina Display is to have double Resolution.
They could have put Retina Display at 1600 x 1200, and it would have been a beast of device. Furthermore, battery wouldn't last long, and is something that Apple has cared all of its life.

Jose_49 said,
+1.
And I believe myself that they WILL include SD storage.

And not necessarily, having a Retina Display is to have double Resolution.
They could have put Retina Display at 1600 x 1200, and it would have been a beast of device. Furthermore, battery wouldn't last long, and is something that Apple has cared all of its life.

You're missing some pretty serious pages in apple's playbook if you think an ipad is going to have SD storage.

Also, the problem with the retina display being a certain size other than what it is now or 4x that resolution is scaling purposes. You cannot simply scale things from current resolution to 1600x1200 without them looking terrible.

Edited by Caleo, Feb 9 2011, 11:24am :

Caleo said,

You're missing some pretty serious pages in apple's playbook if you think an ipad is going to have SD storage.

Also, the problem with the retina display being a certain size other than what it is now or 4x that resolution is scaling purposes. You cannot simply scale things from current resolution to 1600x1200 without them looking terrible.


I think you bit wrong, retina display is same resolution but different dpi, its 326dpi

joker999 said,

I think you bit wrong, retina display is same resolution but different dpi, its 326dpi

Are you even aware what DPI is? You can't have 326 dpi on the ipad without either increasing the resolution or decreasing the physical size of the screen.

The purpose of my post was to point out the difficulties of putting out an entirely new resolution for iPad without it being exactly double the current (1024x768) resolution. Any other resolution change (1600x1200) and you're not scaling 1 pixel to 4 pixels (square to square) and thus any old applications run on the new wonky-resolution ipad you're proposing (1600x1200) wouldn't look proper.

This is why the new iPad will either be the same resolution (1024x768) or double, 2048x1536 which is highly unlikely (and STILL not 'retina' resolution @ 326 dpi, in fact, in the same size screen, 2048x1536 would only be ~264 DPI).

Caleo said,

Are you even aware what DPI is? You can't have 326 dpi on the ipad without either increasing the resolution or decreasing the physical size of the screen.

The purpose of my post was to point out the difficulties of putting out an entirely new resolution for iPad without it being exactly double the current (1024x768) resolution. Any other resolution change (1600x1200) and you're not scaling 1 pixel to 4 pixels (square to square) and thus any old applications run on the new wonky-resolution ipad you're proposing (1600x1200) wouldn't look proper.

This is why the new iPad will either be the same resolution (1024x768) or double, 2048x1536 which is highly unlikely (and STILL not 'retina' resolution @ 326 dpi, in fact, in the same size screen, 2048x1536 would only be ~264 DPI).


Hmm you got a point.

What's the point in getting this?
In a few months, they'll announce the iPad 3. Or maybe 4. You should wait for that. It'll be super better compared with the iPad 2.

Mr Spoon said,
What's the point in getting this?
In a few months, they'll announce the iPad 3. Or maybe 4. You should wait for that. It'll be super better compared with the iPad 2.

Love the random "What's the point" posts you see on tech posts like this. What's the point in anything? What's the point in asking what's the point?

Mr Spoon said,
What's the point in getting this?
In a few months, they'll announce the iPad 3. Or maybe 4. You should wait for that. It'll be super better compared with the iPad 2.
What's the point of those two buttons above your nose? What's the point of those two buttons on your chest? What's the point of that hole in your belly?

Jebadiah said,
What's the point of those two buttons above your nose? What's the point of those two buttons on your chest? What's the point of that hole in your belly?

No buttons there, only eyes. Eyes so I can see.
Buttons on my chest? Nipples? Not too sure on a guy - Wikipedia will tell you.
Hole in my belly? So when I was in my mothers womb I could be fed and breathe.

Jebadiah said,
What's the point of those two buttons on your chest?

If you twist my right one you get Radio one, the other controls the volume

Mr Spoon said,
What's the point in getting this?
In a few months, they'll announce the iPad 3. Or maybe 4. You should wait for that. It'll be super better compared with the iPad 2.

What's the point of asking what's the point when the point is clear there is no point for those who don't see a point in making a point.

Mr Spoon said,
What's the point in getting this?
In a few months, they'll announce the iPad 3. Or maybe 4. You should wait for that. It'll be super better compared with the iPad 2.

I wait for iPad 10. It rumoured to have even better features... *sigh*

Mr Spoon said,
What's the point in getting this?
In a few months, they'll announce the iPad 3. Or maybe 4. You should wait for that. It'll be super better compared with the iPad 2.

Welcome to technology.

Sad about the resolution staying the same - but I'd rather have a lower res and amazing battery life, than have great whizz-bang features and a poor user experience (something a lot of tech companies still fail to comprehend).

I'm sure we'll see a higher res on the iPad 'when it's ready' - and by that, when it will actually IMPROVE the user experience to include it.

dewaaz said,
Sad about the resolution staying the same - but I'd rather have a lower res and amazing battery life, than have great whizz-bang features and a poor user experience (something a lot of tech companies still fail to comprehend).

I'm sure we'll see a higher res on the iPad 'when it's ready' - and by that, when it will actually IMPROVE the user experience to include it.

I think it's a cost issue with the retina display. The iPad is fairly cheap considering the hardware and I'm guessing a retina display of that size costs a bomb at the moment.

I'm pretty sure iPad 3 will have retina though