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iPad 2 in production, coming soon?

Wall Street Journal's Yukari Iwatani Kane has spilled the details on Apple's upcoming iPad 2 and they include a thinner, lighter design, front-facing camera, and... the same resolution display. Based on "sources familiar with the matter", who have historically proven incredibly accurate, Kane says:

The new device will be thinner, lighter and will come with a faster processor, more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, said the people familiar with the matter. It will have a front-facing camera for the first time for features like video-conferencing, but the resolution of the new iPad's display will be similar to the first iPad, they said.

The 3G version will be available on both AT&T and Verizon, though no word yet on whether there will be separate GSM and CDMA models or a hybrid model.

Nothing we haven't heard before but it wouldn't be unprecedented for the WSJ and Kane in particular to get this leak as a way to set expectations for iPad 2, which also means they might just be getting ready for an announcement event in the near future.

Assuming these details are accurate and imminent, how is iPad 2 sounding to you?


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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • No retina display for me means I'm skipping ipad2.
  • Ditto. No retina no iPad. For a device that is advertised as magical when I can see pixels and blurry text it's not so magical. Looking like I'll be opting for the Xoom. Still waiting until Apple officially disappoints with announcement.
  • My iPad has been collecting dust since the release of the new MacBook Air - so much better to have the entire MacOSX instead of iOS in only a slightly larger package.
  • I'll be getting one on day one since I skipped on the 1st gen iPad.
  • Same here.
  • Ditto.
  • Same here and ditto.
  • Yukari Iwatani Kane is pretty much Apple's media mouthpiece and they always use him right before they announce something so we should be getting an announcement within a weeks time.
  • Kane is a woman. Just FYI.
  • Yea, I think I'll be skipping as well. Of course I didn't buy the original iPad either because I wasn't really happy with the graphics too. Maybe if the video camera can do 1080p, I'll reconsider.
  • Way to go out on a limb and report a thinner, lighter, iPad 2 with more memory, faster CPU and faster GPU. It's journalism like this that keeps America great.
    Obviously I'm kidding but I didn't need to read an article in the WSJ to know this was about 99.9% going to happen.
  • Pretty sure the confirmation that there's no higher resolution display is noteworthy. That may actually be the difference in my decision of whether to upgrade from my iPad 1.
  • Waiting for iPad 3 with, hopefully, Retina Display.
  • this.
    I want an iPad, but I don't NEED one, so I'm going to wait until they have retina display at least before I pull the trigger. Waiting another year.
  • Will buy one the day it is launched...sold my iPad 1 already...and miss it badly!
  • I was hoping the rumor about Apple holding the iPad 2 event on February 9th was true, but since nothing's been announced I'm starting to lose a little hope here.
  • a much faster chip and front facing camera is enough for me, bummed if they don't upgrade the display but not a deal breaker, the current display plays my videos beautifully
  • Same here. Would sell iPad 1 on EBay with little depreciation and get iPad 2 on day of launch. Less weight, thinner, faster, more memory and front facing camera for FaceTime is plenty for me to upgrade.
  • will wait for the 3rd one if these upgrades are the only upgrades. sounds like an iPad S ;)
  • wooohooo!
  • Waiting for next version is pretty pointless. The resale value is so much. Every new iPhone I usually make at least 2/3 hundred.
  • That is because the iPhone is subsidized by carriers. No one os going to pay $300-400 of the price of the new one for you. You will have to cough up the 30% or so to cover depreciation.
  • Wow really?
    Sorry but no kidding.
    Also jailbroken ipads 16 wifi model go easily for 425+. I never use eBay due to outrageous fees but an easy out if need be. Personally even if I sold it on the very very low end of 300 , 200 bucks to use the device all year is fine with me.
  • 64GB 3Gs are going for ~$700 on eBay and similar via Craig's List etc.
  • Meh. I didn't jump on the first one, though I wanted to. I can't say I'm surprised at no retina display. To think there would be is bordering on ridiculousness. They can make it work on the iPhone because it's relatively tiny. To put it on the pad would be a power suck, and would likely lead to overheating and battery-relates criticism. That's not to say they can't make it work in the future, but given the current state of technology and the cost involved, now's not the time. I'm going to take a good, hard look at the Xoom before making any decisions.
  • @Schiffy. Take a good, hard look at Xoom before you purchase. The starting price is $800 and you need tom purchase a data plan for at least one month to activate it.
    iPad 1 is a home run and stands on it's own. If these changes are true, ipad 2 will be very tough to beat......on price AND performance. And if it is Flash that you need, simply get Skyfire app. Problem solved.
    Samsung Galaxy Tab is already being called a failure in many analyst's eyes.......
  • iPad G2 now please ! It's late!
  • I wonder if these guys will be predicting the outcome of the next Rocky movie ?
  • I bought the first iPad and between my iPhone 4 and MacBook Pro it collected dust. Haven't regretted it once since selling. Until Apple releases an OS X tablet (probably never) I won't be buying another tablet.
  • I'll upgrade to the iPad 2, but not for few months. I'm never first in line. I always wait for the bugs to work out and accessories, etc. to catch up. As stated above, this is what we've been expecting anyway, and it sounds like the right upgrade for where the market stands. They'll continue to sell like hotcakes. The question is, will there be "one more thing" we didn't expect?
  • Sounds great, knew the wait would be worth it. Hope the price is fair, or in line with the first iPad.
  • Don't see much of a reason to sell ipad and get this. But then again, it doesn't take much effort to sell ipad and get this.
    If not high res, then they'll probably work on improving the screen, cutting down on reflections. Don't care about thinner since it needs a case (go figure). More RAM is sorely needed. Better processor never hurts. Cameras are good.
  • I will most likely hold off on getting this one unless my wife wants my current iPad. If up to her, she will opt in for an All-in-One MultiTouch screen desktop computer (Windows). If 'retina', I would go with it.
    I did notice that the article said the screen would be "similar" so who knows what that means.
  • Lame.
  • I will prob get this one, I could use a device like this to open word docs and power points to study with on the go.
  • If those are your only concern then you have a myriad of options. In fact, you can use any smartphone, regardless of OS, to do that.
  • The more and more I read about the next iPad I think I might skip it. I currently own the first gen iPad 32 3G. More ram is needed but for what I use it for it's really not that big of a deal IMO. I'm more excited for the next gen iPhone since I use it way more then my iPad.
  • I like it
  • I kept holding out in getting the iPad to a point where it made no sense buying the old since the new version would be coming out this Spring. I am now going nuts waiting for this thing to come out! I am now hooked on only reading ebooks and doing so only on my iPhone so the iPad 2 is going to be like Christmas all over again!
  • doesn't look like anything special. if i can get a fair amount for my ipad 1 maybe i will upgrade but can't say i care too much. also will keep my eyes open at the other tablets.
  • I really want an iPad. But it has to have better specs than my iPhone. With a bigger device, there should be more room for a larger battery, better speaker(s), and cameras that have a high res. If my iPhone is better, why do I need an iPad?! Make it "magical" apple!
  • Makes Android Honeycomb alternatives look better: G Slate, perhaps?
  • I've been holding out on buying an iPad for iPad 2, but now I feel like the timing is all wrong to jump in. I don't want to pick this up and then feel like a chump in a year when the iPad 3 has Retina Display. I'm very disappointed in Apple right now.
  • i completely agree with you... i waited just the same but am more-so excited to see how iPhone 5 will be yet amazing when announced...I upgrade every year... and hoping iPad 3 will blow out iPad 1 & 2 of the water (like iPhone 4 did to previous iPhone models).
    Then again, since i've been waiting so long to jump into an iPad.. i might grab one of these after iPhone 5 is announced with specs...
  • It would b gr8 to hav 1 but im waitin 4 d ifone 5.
  • Throwing my iPad 1.0 up on eBay the day this thing is announced. Gotta ride the upgrade curve or I end up with technology filling up my house!
  • It's sounding real good! They can keep the same resolution. I'd still be happy! I been waiting on this & I'm gonna get it as soon as it is available for pre-order/release!
  • Apple need to stay further ahead than this! We need something that the (flood) of competition does not have, camera (no), graphics and memory (no) - btw - what's the point of more powerful graphics if they're let down by a sub standard screen.....?
  • I got the first iPad, I will get the 2nd iPad.
  • I really don't get the point of a higher resolution on larger screens, even if they quadrupled the pixels, it wouldn't be considered "retina" at less than 300 ppi(and, who holds their iPad that close to their face anyways?). I've been saving up for one, and to me, add a faster processor, front facing camera and larger battery, and no one will even care that the resolution is the same. Besides, basing your decision on screen resolution alone (especially on a tablet of all things) is a weak excuse.
  • No retina = stay w ipad by saving d money. I got ipad because of bigger screen.
  • Without the retina display, I'm totally underwhelmed. I haven't even scratched half of the memory in my present 64GB iPad 3G, and I still can't think of a reason why I would need, want or use a camera on it.
    I'll pass this time around. The faster processor sounds nice, but it's not enough of a game-changer for me.
  • I will be getting it. Retina Display isn't enough to keep me away. The screen is still nice and plays videos well.
  • The iPad 2 may be in production but that does not mean it will produce something that we will consider "magic" or something that will "change everything" again when compared to these other tablets on the market.
    Here are 3 things that the iPad will need to kill its Android's Honeycomb platform:
  • Who cares about exact screen resolution. The make-it or break-it features are: improved WiFi reception, front facing camera and SD card slot.