Rumors have once again flared up in the Apple camp as supplier reports offer predictions into what Apple’s runaway success, the iPad’s future has in store for us.
The iPad was introduced in early 2010 as a “magical” device that would transform the way we perceive computing. And transform it did, as it pushed Apple into becoming the world’s third largest mobile computing manufacturer.
And to keep that incredible momentum flowing, new reports are fast coming-in of supplier details from Apple’s hardware partners in the East that can perhaps paint a clearer picture of what to expect in the next iteration of the iPad.
From initial reports, we can deduce the following about what the “iPad 2” (if that’s what Apple will eventually call it) will comprise of:
Introduced in the iPhone 4, the revolutionary, high-definition Retina Display’s inclusion in the next iPad should be a given, especially as this device is marketed as a content-consumer. A more readable screen would bolster that marketing claim and provide good advantage against Apple’s competitors.
When the original iPad launched, many criticized its lack of a camera. But with the announcement of FaceTime for iPhone, and now on Mac and iPod touch, it makes sense that another iDevice should get it, allowing better inter-communication between Apple’s products (something the company is noted for doing well in the past). Rumor has it that iPad 2 will include up to an 8-megapixel camera (placing it higher than the iPhone 4’s) and a front-facing camera for FaceTime support.
The iPad released with much fanfare about Apple’s in-house chip, the A4 processor. This chip has now seen its inclusion in other iDevices, such as the new iPhone. Rumors claim that hardware supplier Qualcomm is supplying a CDMA-GSM “multimode” chip which should enhance connectivity of the iPad, and reduce the need for additional “MiFi” add-ons to enable usage on other networks.
I’m quite excited to see what Apple has in store for the iPad 2. The iPad revolutionized the mobile computing scene, and shifted the focus and market from the once-popular netbooks to tablet PCs, once again forcing competitors to scramble to produce worthy opponents.
According to more rumors, the iPad 2 is expected sometime around April 2010.
Will you be getting the new iPad 2, or do you think it’s too soon for Apple to be updating this product? Let us know in the comments section!
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