Rumour: iPad 2, iPhone 5 and next-gen Apple TV details [Update]

Engadget today released a slew of new details regarding the future of Apple's iOS devices, as well as a hint at the possibility of a new range of dual GSM/CDMA gadgets.

Following Tuesday's announcement of the Verizon iPhone, the tech community has been eager to see whether or not Apple will be releasing a CDMA iPad to go alongside it. Rumours say that not only will we be seeing a Verizon iPad, but it will feature a new GSM/CDMA chip that will eventually find its way into the fifth-generation iPhone. To achieve this, Apple are severing ties with long-standing chip supplier Infineon and instead using a Qualcomm offering which, unfortunately, doesn't appear to offer any 4G connectivity.

Along with CDMA, the second iPad will feature a higher-resolution display, an SD card slot, and both front and rear cameras. Arriving in April, the device will still be lacking in full-size USB, but so far Apple seems to have been trying hard to position the iPad as an in-between product so the missing feature shouldn't be a huge surprise to anyone.

Both the iPad and the iPhone will receive redesigns, as well as a new Apple A5 chip based on ARM's Cortex A9. The Apple A5 will be a multi-core chip capable of seamless playback of 1080p video. This capability will be put to good use inside the new Apple TV, where Apple will finally be making the jump to modern times in the home entertainment business.

Update: Based on higher-resolution elements found in iBooks 1.1 by @Xuzz, it appears Apple intend to double the resolution of the iPad screen in a similar way to the iPhone 4, bringing the resolution up to 2048x1536 (or 260 DPI)

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Wow, if iPad doubles the resolution, that will be an awesome sight! I still find it hard to believe though, since it requires a monster as a graphic chip for mobile devices to drive 2048x1536. That's a crazy high resolution for a tablet, especially to run everything smooth and not eat battery power... But if true, Apple is utterly destroying tablet competition before it has even got there.

Northgrove said,
Wow, if iPad doubles the resolution, that will be an awesome sight! I still find it hard to believe though, since it requires a monster as a graphic chip for mobile devices to drive 2048x1536. That's a crazy high resolution for a tablet, especially to run everything smooth and not eat battery power... But if true, Apple is utterly destroying tablet competition before it has even got there.

Yeahhhh Because resolution is the only thing a laptop needs...not to mention I highly doubt your eyes can even make out the difference between a 10inch screen of that resolution and one thats less.
Keep sipping the koolaid.

/- Razorfold said,

Yeahhhh Because resolution is the only thing a laptop needs...not to mention I highly doubt your eyes can even make out the difference between a 10inch screen of that resolution and one thats less.
Keep sipping the koolaid.
A screen of that resolution would be incredible, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it. It's pretty easy to see individual pixels on the current iPad screen.

It's still highly unlikely they'll put a screen of that high quality into an iPad, though.

If true about the chip info, it's not surprising. It's been known the "iPhone 5" will not be 4G for some time.

As for resolution, I don't buy it being 2048x1536 at that size. The graphics power required would drain the battery immensely.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,

As for resolution, I don't buy it being 2048x1536 at that size. The graphics power required would drain the battery immensely.

I agree, we will see if Steve Jobs says something about it at MacWorld.

Brian Miller said,
Will the iPad 2 have a calculator? Why did they not include a calculator in the iPad 1?
Dude, my mom downloaded a free oversized calc for the ipad right from the store.

ScottDaMan said,
Dude, my mom downloaded a free oversized calc for the ipad right from the store.

That's not really the point. Why isn't it included on the iPad but is in the iPhone?
If you can get a free calculator from the appstore, they why didn't they remove it from the iPhone?

Rather inconsistent if you ask me.

Brian Miller said,

That's not really the point. Why isn't it included on the iPad but is in the iPhone?
If you can get a free calculator from the appstore, they why didn't they remove it from the iPhone?

Rather inconsistent if you ask me.


Why is this a problem for you? Yes, it could be seen as inconsistent, but only if you think the iPad should be an iPhone. My guess is that Apple didn't think the iPad had a calculator form factor, so it would seem odd for many users.

That would be great if the iPhone 5 is dual CDMA/GSM. I'm holding off on getting the iPhone from Verizon since I wanted to wait and see what Apple had in store for the 5th gen one. The only thing that would make me get it sooner is if the next model starts off as GSM only orif one of the upcoming Android phones looks really good.

Is there any 10in 1920x1080 panel maker? That would be awesome to be able to watch FullHD movie on a so easy to carry tablet.

For those who believe this don't make sense, you should know that the smallest FullHD 1920x1080 panel is only 4.8in and this gives 458ppi. The current iPhone 4 Retina display is 326ppi.

BTW, there are rumors that this new 4.8" may be found on the PSP2 screen.

edit: http://www.engadget.com/2010/1...ull-hd-display-puts-retina/  

Oh, nice info! but find it nonetheless unnecessary, it's not really relevant to watch Full HD in a 10" iPad and even more, those screens would make it much more cruelly expensive than they already are.

thartist said,
Oh, nice info! but find it nonetheless unnecessary, it's not really relevant to watch Full HD in a 10" iPad and even more, those screens would make it much more cruelly expensive than they already are.
Will probably happen with a later revision (they have to keep some stuff for later), in fact I would say when another company will bring a new tablet with such a screen as I doubt Apple will be the 1st for this. But I'm sure it will happen one day.

Manish said,
New article on MacRumors suggests a 2048x1536 resolution. That's a lot of pixels.

Yes, that's what a doubling of the resolution would mean. And why I'm still not convinced about that rumor. It would require monstrous graphics performance for the battery consumption limits Apple want to see.

FMH said,
I'm more excited about iPhone 5 than iPad 2. 'Will it have "Retina Retina Display(RRD)"?!'

maybe even have FaceTime EXTREME

FMH said,
I'm more excited about iPhone 5 than iPad 2. 'Will it have "Retina Retina Display(RRD)"?!'

No, they'll never get higher resolution displays than this, since the Retina Display was designed to match, or exceed, the dot pitch that the eye can see from a typical viewing distance.

That A5 processor would be a nice change - the A4 isn't really underpowered by today's standards, but phones like the Atrix 4G really show the potential for multi-core in a mobile situation.

The SD card slot really isn't that big of an issue, since I've got the SD slot dongle (camera connection kit) sitting in my "random gadget accessories" bag (along with an external battery and some cables). And CDMA is more or less dead in Canada, so that doesn't affect me either.

Simon said,
That A5 processor would be a nice change - the A4 isn't really underpowered by today's standards, but phones like the Atrix 4G really show the potential for multi-core in a mobile situation.

The SD card slot really isn't that big of an issue, since I've got the SD slot dongle (camera connection kit) sitting in my "random gadget accessories" bag (along with an external battery and some cables). And CDMA is more or less dead in Canada, so that doesn't affect me either.

What does the sd connection dongle allow you to do? I got one for xmas but not used it, just transfer photos to it?

evo_spook said,

What does the sd connection dongle allow you to do? I got one for xmas but not used it, just transfer photos to it?

I think there might be some more stuff you can do if you've got a jailbreak, but that's all I know of for a regular install.

I've got a 32GB model, though... I don't want to expand the storage, and as we've seen with WP7, expandable storage can lead to other problems.

evo_spook said,

What does the sd connection dongle allow you to do? I got one for xmas but not used it, just transfer photos to it?

In a non-jailbroken iPad it pretty much only allows you to transfer photos (no video) from the SD card to the iPad. It will not allow you to transfer from the iPad to the SD.

The USB dongle that comes with the camera connection kit, besides allowing the same functionality for USB " Jump Drives" also allows you to connect USB headphones.

There's nothing they can do to get me to come back to them again. They're doing a good job of making announcements that make me want to get even further away though.

warwagon said,
I hope the SD card slot is true. that is one reason I decided not to get one.

Still probably would only be able to access video and pictures on it though

philcruicks said,

They arn't....
"the device will still be lacking in full-size USB"

Umm... the key word being "full-size". It will still have a usb port.

nub said,
"

Why not?! Everything is ****ing usb?

That's easy [rubs thumb and fingers togethers]

Lookup the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit

Edited by superconductive, Jan 16 2011, 4:44am : fix

Tanoru said,
Dammit I wrote are when I meant aren't.

well that makes a lot more sense. and I agree this bout be a nice feature but I doubt it'll ever come, takes to much away from laptops if a its given a usb and then apple won't sell as many.