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iPad 2 Goes Into Production As Dell Announce Business Tablet

David Gilbert


iPad 2 In Production As Dell Announces New Tablet

Tablets, tablets, tablets is all we're hearing these days and today reports and announcements about/from two major players continues the trend. Reports suggest we could be seeing the iPad very soon while when we see Dell's Window's 7 slate is any one's guess.

With rumours that the iPad 2 was spotted at the launch of The Daily in New York last week, it seems as if it will be only a matter of weeks until we see Cupertino’s follow-up to its hugely successful tablet. Today comes more confirmation with a report in the Wall Street Journal that the iPad 2 has gone into production in some secret underground lair in Outer Mongolia. OK, so the last part was our own addition but the WSJ quotes “people familiar with the matter” as saying the iPad 2 is in production and is thinner and lighter than the first generation model.

Other previously speculated-upon features such as a FaceTime camera, a faster graphics processor and more memory are all mentioned by the WSJ’s sources. The sources also believe the rumour regarding a Retina-like display moving from the iPhone to the iPad is not a runner with the iPad 2’s resolution staying pretty much the same. We are looking at a potential announcement some time this month from Apple, with the tablet hitting stores in April.

Dell on the other hand is being right up front about its next tablet, following the somewhat lukewarm response to its Android-running Streak. It has announced that it will launch a 10in Windows 7 business-orientated tablet which will come to market at "some time" in 2011. It is unlikely the tablet will ever come to a store near you as it will be sold into commercial and business channels.

A mock up of Dell's new Windows 7 business tablet

The announcement came during the Dell Means Business event in San Francisco at which the company unveiled 39 new products. Among the plethora of new business models announced was the tablet/laptop combination Lattitude XT3 similar to the HP TouchSmart tm2-101ea.


February 9, 2011, 9:54 pm

Doesn't anyone else think that this is just subliminal marketing that everytime someone releases a new tablet the title always says something like "iPad competitor". I personally dislike Apples software as it is horrendously buggy; my iPhone deletes everything every time I try to update or sync and its just generally style way over substance. So why do Trusted Reviews title their stories in such a provocative and clearly biased way?


February 9, 2011, 10:59 pm

Slow news day? So basically Dell's just annouced that they're committing to producing a windows-7 based tablet.

I much prefer Apple's approach to product announcements i.e. Only announce ACTUAL products until they're good and darned well ready! And that means them doing their best to provide an ACTUAL product for sale at a SET date in the near future, if not on the very same day.. None of this vapourware nonsense..


February 10, 2011, 12:42 am

Maybe the iPad competitor tag is bandied around so much because Apple are so dominant in this sector at the moment, with over 80% of tablets sold being iPads. Maybe it's like when the iPhone was first released, and every new phone that came out was referred to as an iPhone killer. Now that Android phones are just as good, if not better then the iPhone, (and sell so well) that seems to have changed. I'm sure once competitive, and well reviewed Android (et al) tablets come out (even better if they sell well) this emphasis on iPad tablets might change too.

I notice iPad competitor hasn't been used in this headline, unless it's since been edited, and I personally haven't noticed a TR Apple bias. If there is one it's balanced out by Gordon's scepticism ;)


February 10, 2011, 12:50 am

'iPad 2 in production' - Someone restrain me, the provocation level just exploded...

James Reckitt

February 10, 2011, 1:10 am

Well, to me at least, that video looks incredibly KIRFy, to use an Engadget phrase!


February 10, 2011, 2:47 pm

@ Kaiser202; I don't know what iPhone or iOS version you have, but I have iOS 4.x on a 3GS and can't say I have any real bugs. The occasional issue that a reboot fixes (as ever with computing devices!), but maybe you've got dodgy hardware? Or need to restore from backup.

I think one thing that is renowned in the software world is generally Apple's commitment to quality. We can moan all day about Apple's business practice, or features they don't include, but that is mostly at the expense of being easy to use and having fewer bugs. (Certainly not completely bug free though!)

Saying Apple are style over substance is unjust. I'm no great fan of Jobs, but what he has done with great products has changed the mobile phone industry and now the tablet sector. Yes, they have very biased marketing (who doesn't?), but without substance behind it, they wouldn't get very far.

If you don't like Apple products because they lack certain features, or you don't like the 'locked in' eco system, then fine, shop around, but you can't say that means it's style over substance.


February 10, 2011, 5:06 pm

@Pbryanw - Android phones frequently include some really nice hardware - but the overall Android ecosystem is still quite flimsy, inconsistent and I find too much of the experience infuriating.

Android as a whole is selling very well (although this is spread across many versions of Android) - but it's a fact that no individual Android handset/table comes close to the sales success of the iPad or the various iPhones.

I'm an optimistic WebOS fan (which is a bit like supporting Liverpool F.C. these days!) - but have to admit that Apple were just way ahead in their thinking and have built a stable platform and a buzzing ecosystem (3rd party apps, docks, hifi, car integrations, etc) that no other manufacturer in the mobile marketplace can touch right now.


February 10, 2011, 5:54 pm

Android table - now there's a thought ;-)

(Should have been Android Tablet of course).

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