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Is This The Real iPad 2?

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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.

Via GearZap

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January 12, 2011, 5:15 pm

Oh God, I can't believe I'm commenting in a Mac rumour thread...yuck.

What are those black 'spots' on the edge of the dummy next to the external camera lens? don't they look like possible HDMI and USB (mini?) ports, and card reader slot? :-)

Energizer Bunny

January 12, 2011, 5:19 pm

They're just going to sort the cameras and maybe up the display quality and leave it at that, surely. Why would they bother doing anything else? I suspect the front facing camera is the only trick Apple feel like they missed with the first edition. Everything else is nailed on Apple policy isn't it?

To be honest I'm really not convinced this thing needs a rear facing camera. What's the point in that - is anybody seriously carrying this thing around to take pictures?

David Gilbert

January 12, 2011, 5:34 pm

@Midnight-Alchemist It's ok, don't beat yourself up over commenting here too much. I assumed the black spots on the device were the volume rocker, power button and screen lock button which are on the current iPad. Looking at the video again though they do seem to be on the wrong side and a tad bulky. It is really hard to tell though as the person taking the video obviously didn't have much time to capture all the details. As you said this is just a rumour at the moment so we'll probably have to wait and see what Mr. Jobs has to reveal later on in the month.


January 12, 2011, 5:41 pm

I suspect 2011 to be the year I jump into the tablet market but if Apple only see fit to add a couple of cameras I wont use and not much else then I'll be looking elsewhere. It wouldnt even be the case that the 1st gen would be going amazingly cheap going by how Apple gear usually holds value.

But, I seriously doubt that Apple wont up the memory and tech specs to at least iPhone 4 levels.

Interesting year for the market though.

Noggin The Nog

January 12, 2011, 9:21 pm

Looks FAKE to me, check out the Safari icon


January 12, 2011, 9:51 pm

It's only the casing which is a-la iPad 2, the screen is just a bit of backlit cardboard!

Liam 7

January 13, 2011, 7:20 pm

This is just a mock-up from a third-party accessories developer.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/0...


January 13, 2011, 7:36 pm

@Liam 7: What, like David mentions in the story? Please read before commenting.


January 13, 2011, 10:23 pm

No way that's real. Apple don't do previews. They just release the product.

Used to work for a major retailer and I know that any new Apple products were only released in the early hours of the monring when they were due to be sold in the shops. Made a mess of everyone's sleep!!

Maybe Apple have turned over a new leaf .....


January 17, 2011, 5:14 am

Does Apple usually use numbers to differentiate its products? I can't remember but am sure it doesn't. Also, the typeface used to display 'iPad 2' looks like Din. Apple use a custom version of Myriad (or Frutiger, can never remember). Fake.

Gavin Hamer

January 17, 2011, 11:41 pm

"Is This The Real iPad2?"


"The video is of an iPad 2 dummy device"

So that's a "no" then.

Liam 7

January 19, 2011, 8:26 pm

@Ed: Apologies, I didn't read the full article, I just watched the vid. Try editing out misleading article titles, though.

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