With Apple once again failing to grace us with its presence at CES last week in Las Vegas, it seems possible that one of its most anticipated new products could have made its debut there inadvertently.
The iPad 2 has been talked about for some months now with a variety of images and videos purporting to be the real thing popping up on the net every few weeks. However a video showing a device branded as an iPad 2 from GearZap is so far the most legitimate looking footage we have seen. The video is of an iPad 2 dummy device which was given to a Chinese supplier to help build iPad accessories and cases.
This seems pretty reasonable as Apple will want a range of accessories to be available once the product is launched in mid-2011 following an announcement later this month. The video shows a device looking pretty similar to the original iPad but a bit slimmer. One of the most obvious new features is in the inclusion of front and rear-facing cameras – which will allow for the FaceTime feature from the iPhone 4 to be available on the iPad 2.
Another obvious feature is the inclusion of an enlarged speaker grille on the bottom right rear of the device. Other that these obvious changes though we are left with little else to talk about. As the item in the video was a dummy device no information could be garnered about the screen resolution and we obviously don’t know anything further about whether Apple has tinkered with its A4 chip.
Regarding connectivity, we don’t see any HDMI or USB ports included but then again the possibility of these being added always seemed highly unlikely. One thing that had been rumoured as a possible addition is a integrated card reader but from this video we see no evidence of that. We are just going to have to wait for an announcement from Steve Jobs, possibly at MacWorld on 26 January, to see what the iPad 2 will bring to the tablet party.