It’s CES’ worst nightmare come true. Apple products hogging the limelight even before the event could kickoff. Earlier today, Engadget spotted an eager exhibitor at the CES 2011 showing off what appeared to be cases for the yet to be unveiled iPad 2.
Very little is known about iPad 2, and even that too is mostly through unconfirmed rumors. However, that hasn’t stopped several manufactures from designing cases for the highly anticipated successor to the king of tablets. Dexim, the manufacturer in question, has gone a step further than others, and has even prepared an iPad 2 dummy to display with their cases. The dummy iPad 2, as captured by Engadget, is displayed below in its full glory.
If Dexim’s sources are correct, then the iPad 2 will indeed be slimmer and slicker than its predecessor. It will also have a camera at the rear and front, along with a larger speaker. Apple is expected to announce the iPad 2 in the coming weeks.
Along with Microsoft’s Kinect, the iPad is quite possibly the most popular consumer electronic device of the year. It kick started an entire new segment virtually on its own. Over the past few months, we have seen dozens of tablets being launched by both big and small companies. Unfortunately, none of them have managed to offer strong competition to the iPad.
While others are busy playing catchup, Apple is already working on the iPad’s successor. Rumors about the iPad 2 have already begun to trickle in, mostly via Digitimes and other Chinese news sources. After disclosing that the successor to the highly successful iPad will feature a camera as well as Facetime support, Digitimes has also dug up the name of the manufacturer.
Largan Precision, a Chinese lens manufacturer, which also supplies lenses for the 5 megapixel camera for the iPhone, is the rumored manufacturer of iPad’s camera. The iPad 2 is expected to be launched in Q1 2011.
This was supposed to be the year of the tablets. However, if anything, it is turning out to be the year of the iPad. Baring Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, others failed to even make their presence felt. At this point, the tablet I have the most expectations from is Notion Ink’s Adam. However, it remains to be seen if the heavily delayed tablet from an inexperienced startup can truly deliver on its promises.
In the meanwhile, Apple is working to increase its lead with the iPad 2. According to the information plucked by Digitimes from a Chinese newspaper called Economy Daily News, the iPad 2 will feature a significantly improved hardware specification. Unsurprisingly, it will support Apple’s Facetime video calling technology. The 3-axis gyroscope introduced in iPhone 4 will also make an appearance, as will the iPhone’s famous Retina display. The newspaper also believes that the next generation tablet from Apple will have better mobility and USB ports.
Of course, we still have a good few months to go before iPad’s successor is announced. At the moment, it’s probably best to treat any leaked news about the iPad 2 with a generous dose of skepticism.
Amidst all the recent tablet launch rumors, there comes a new one. A Taiwanese newspaper has reported that Apple has begun to assemble components for a new 7 inch iPad in Taiwan.
The iPad 2 will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with IPS technology and a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. It will probably be using a Cortex A9 processor and will have 512 MB RAM (double that of the iPad).
It will also be lighter than the iPad, and should weigh around 500 gms.
None of these rumors are substantiated but according to most experts, we should be seeing a new iPad pretty soon.
The tablet space is seeing a lot of action. Samsung, Asus and MSI and Notion Ink, all are planning their own tablets. Most of them will be cheaper than the iPad and will run either Android or Windows 7.
Source: UDN | Engadget