iPad 2 to be smaller and have better audio [rumor]

According to an anonymous Chinese source, iPad 2 will be slightly smaller, but will retain the 9.7” LCD panel. This basically means that Apple has reduced the size of the bezel surrounding the screen to decrease the overall size. The source claims the new dimensions will be 238mm x 186mm against 242.8mm x 189.7mm dimensions of the current iPad. The rear of the iPad 2 will also be flatter and similar in styling to the latest iPod Touch.

There was more excitement a few weeks ago, after a case supplier allegedly leaked some information on iPad 2, suggesting that a USB or SD Card slot may be included. This new rumor however puts paid to that idea by suggesting that the slot is actually for a wide-ranged speaker for improved audio quality.

The final part of the rumor suggests that the ALS (Ambient Light Sensor) has been moved to a new position at the top centre of the rear panel and has also been reduced in size to 3mm.

Apple did take some heat for the thickness of the bezel surrounding the screen on the first iPad, so making it smaller on iPad 2 does make a lot of sense. Improved audio quality is also important for a media centric device so these rumors, while not ground breaking, may turn out to be spot on. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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chrisoldroyd

UK editor at iMore, mobile technology lover and air conditioning design engineer.

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At first glance, I thought the bezel was too much, but after using the iPad as much as I have, I enjoy it the way it is. I look forward to trying the new one out, though. An SD card would be a god sent. The productivity of the device would dramatically increase. Imagine all the music apps allowing you to save files onto an SD card for quick transfer.
The sound isn't bad at all the way it is, but it does urk me a bit that in horizontal mode it only comes out from one side. Though the thought of speakers on the top and bottom doesn't sound good either.

The only thing that prevents me from purchasing an IPad is thr fact I can't install my database I use at work, since it runs iOS. It would be nice to install these items so I have a portable work machine in tablet form. Very unfortunate.