As we’re fast approaching the beginning of 2011, and as such, the iPad’s first birthday, rumors are starting to pour in about the next-gen tablet to come out of Cupertino.
As with the first iPad however, the rumors have been going for quite a while. Back in September, an analyst said that the iPad 2 will have a camera, a USB port, and will be lighter and thinner than the first iPad.
Today’s rumor, that originated in the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, comes to confirm previous allegations. According to ‘industry sources’, the iPad 2 will have a screen the same size as the current iPad – 9.7-inches diagonally. However, the glass it’s going to be made of may be thinner, thus making the entire device thinner and lighter. The display may also get its dots-per-inch pumped up, as Apple is apparently prepping to brand it a Retina Display as well.
The iPad 2 would also come with a USB port, two cameras (or at least one front-facing for FaceTime, presumably), and a three-axis gyroscope to enhance gaming on the device.
Apple will only start ordering parts in early December, to postpone leaks as much as possible. There’s no word on a release date, but there is speculation involving an early Spring appearance. Now remembering that the original iPad started shipping in April, and Apple’s track record of releasing each new iPhone basically around the same date, it’s probably safe to assume that the iPad 2 will arrive sometime in April of 2011. Maybe a bit sooner, maybe a bit later.
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