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Apple iPad 2 Rumors

The latest scuttlebutt on what to expect from the iPad 2

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Updated November 16, 2011

Can't wait until you can get your hands on the iPad 2? Here are the latest rumors about what you can expect from it. These are just rumors, of course, so take them with a grain of salt and don't make any plans until Apple makes an announcement.

Rumors marked * are the ones that strike me as most likely to be true.


Name

There haven't been any rumors yet about what the iPad 2 will be called. Based on previous Apple product-naming conventions, second-generation iPad seems likely, but time will tell.


Processor

Feb. 9; Wall Street Journal: No specifics other than faster than the current model's 1Ghz Apple A4 processor


Memory

Feb. 9, 2011; Wall Street Journal: No specifics other than more memory than the current model


Storage Capacity

Feb. 9, 2011; Wall Street Journal: No specifics other than more memory than the 16GB-64GB offered in the current model


Screen

Feb. 9, 2011; Korea Herald: Super PLS (Super Plane to Line Switching) screen, which offers better viewing angles

Jan. 20, 2011; DigiTimes: 9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536

* Jan. 18, 2011; Daring Fireball: 9.7 inches, 1024 x 768


Networking

No word on any changes to the current WiFi and WiFi + 3G models.


Carrier

No word on any changes to the current 3G service providers--AT&T and Verizon.


Camera

* Feb. 9, 2011; Wall Street Journal: One camera, facing the user

Feb. 3, 2011; AppleInsider: 3 megapixel still, 720p HD video

Dec. 10, 2010; PCWorld: 2 cameras


Extras

Jan. 18, 2011; Engadget: SD card slot and Mini Display port


Operating System

* Feb. 9, 2011; DaringFireball: iOS 4.3


Size and Weight

Feb. 9, 2011; Wall Street Journal: No specifics other than thinner and lighter than current model


Price

No word on this yet, though it's reasonable to expect it will be roughly the same as the first-generation iPad.


iPad 2 Release Date

* Feb. 23, 2011; 9 to 5 Mac: end of March 2011

Feb. 22, 2011; Bloomberg Businessweek: June 2011

Feb. 9, 2011; DaringFireball: early April

Feb. 5, 2011; AppleInsider: March

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