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iPad 2 Will Be Unveiled On 2 March


iPad 2 Will Be Unveiled On 2 March

It was in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco that Steve Jobs walked onto the stage on January 27 last year and unveiled the iPad. On the very same stage next Wednesday, 2 March the iPad 2 will be unveiled but whether Jobs is there or not, remains to be seen.

An invitation has been sent out to media outlets around the globe to announce an Apple event with the tag line “Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” This is an obviously reference to the fact that Apple (along with most of the technology world) saw 2010 as the year of the iPad. With the launch of the iPad 2 a certainty, what remains to be seen is what new features and specs the updated tablet will have. It will most likely be thinner, lighter, have a front-facing camera and better screen resolution but apart from that little is known. While the US event is taking place in San Francisco, a UK event is set to take place in BBC Television Centre here in London.

Following the unveiling of the original iPad in late January, it went on sale in the US approximately two months later on April 3 which would point to a release date of late April/early May for the iPad 2. However rumours suggest the release date could only be a month after its unveiling. Jobs has been on a medical leave of absence from Cupertino since mid-January and Chief Operating Officer of Apple, Tim Cook has been over seeing the day-today operations in his absence.

With Android tablets finally looking as if they may challenge the dominance of Apple’s slate in 2011, we wait to see what it has up its sleeve for the iPad 2. We will be bringing you all the news from San Francisco next Wednesday as it happens.

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Brian Carter

February 23, 2011, 10:47 pm

Excellent news - I've been waiting for the second version since the first just lacked a little too much for me to part with my money. (Oh dear, I'm sold on it before I even know what it is exactly...)

The time between the announcement and release date of the first iPad wasn't an issue because there was no previous model to destroy sales of. Therefore, extrapolating from the iPad date for the iPad 2 date is not 100% plausible.


February 23, 2011, 11:37 pm

It this thing sports a Retina-style pixel-doubled screen resolution coupled with some extra graphical grunt it'll truly push the envelope.

Built in SD slot that lets you view your own media would be lovely, but hey, this is Apple so I'm not holding my breath on that front.

There's always a danger Apple might sit back a bit since up until very recently there's been virtually nothing that come's close (The Samsung Galaxy Tab sort of sums 2010's best efforts up). But 2011 is going to be a tougher year, so Apple need to widen the gap between itself and HP, RIM, HoneyComb if they want to attract both new customers, upgraders, power-users and multimedia junkies.

In a funny kind of way, this launch might seem quite flat if Jobs is not there to at least introduce the product. Never thought I'd say that - but he is at least a character in what is otherwise a fairly dry & faceless industry.


February 23, 2011, 11:42 pm

debating whether to get one or not.. the hp/palm os looks a lot better


February 24, 2011, 12:03 am

Ive been waiting for the second gen too.

Just not sure I can justify it when I have a Kindle Dx :)


February 24, 2011, 1:21 am

Very excited about this, I'm keen on getting one. Hope the new one is lighter than the current one.

Michael 2

February 24, 2011, 2:56 am

Apple own this Market. Would be great to see them prove once again they are years ahead of the competition.

Love my iPad, will buy the second one, but am always happy, in fact keen, to switch device if apple drop the ball. I'm loyal to nobody, when they put their cards on the table - I'll choose my next tablet. Without bias.

Tony Walker

February 24, 2011, 3:31 am

Re you saying you'll be bring us the news from San Fransisco...

Will you not be attending the UK event and bringing us the news from there? I'll have your place if you don't want it.


February 24, 2011, 3:39 am

They should've rounded the peeled off corner on the calendar icon. Sloppy Apple!


February 24, 2011, 6:36 am

from what ive read apple have pretty much flatly denied a resolution bump stating it would fragment the app store.a retina screen would be something like 2600x1500 cant see that.


February 24, 2011, 1:10 pm

I may be reading too much into it, but that tablet looks a little square to me (if it matches the profile of the calendar page.

Hey I'm sold, but they better get it out of the door before the others (HTC / Palm), otherwise I might seriously start to consider another platform.

Problem is my loyalty has been guaranteed by the amount of money I've invested in the iPhone platform. I do not relish buying the same apps again on a different platform.


Dammit Apple, why does everything you touch turn to gold. Oh yea, I know why because they realised that what (most) people want is convenience, after all we're all lazy sods.

Oh well, might as well submit my life away.......


February 24, 2011, 1:33 pm

a 1600x1200 screen seems possible

keeps the 1.33:1 ratio for app compatibility and should be fairly easy to produce at low cost


February 24, 2011, 1:45 pm

Looking forward to this but, frankly, I'm not expecting a vast difference in specs. Maybe a significant change in form factor but Apple don't really need to push the boat out. Dual core seems a nailed-on cert (possibly with dual GPU's as well) and a memory bump to 512Mb but I'd expect the screen to stay as-is for the time being.

That said I'd expect a Retina device for the iPad 3. And just to address a common misconception a Retina display wouldn't have to be 300ppi+ on the iPad, that only applies to the iPhone where you use it 12 - 18 inches from your eye. As the iPad is used at a greater distance from the viewer a 2,048 * 1,536 panel would be enough to qualify for the Retina branding. It's still a ridiculous resolution for that size panel mind but if anyone has sufficient economies of scale to make it work it's Apple.


February 24, 2011, 1:50 pm

@SRS - there has been a lot of debate online about why they have stuck with the the maps icon along the lines of "surely this is deliberate..." but then whenever Apple fart some folk in the world get excited and cream themselves.

Has it even been confirmed yet that this is definately iPAD2?! Even more silly debate on that one too! Would make sense now that Orange have slashed their contract prices.

Personally Im not all that fussed for an increased resolution or cameras. I think this will be a bare minimum upgrade that will disappoint me greatly and force my hand in, most likely, ditching my iPhone when the contracts up, jumping ship to HPs phone/tablet combo and being much happier. The only thing making me think twice are the huge number of music making apps - I think this is the future for the industry and I really like the looks of Akai's 49 key iPAd dock/keyboard combo for music making. Tough choices ahead then.


February 24, 2011, 2:28 pm

The new iPad seriously needs to be lighter and more comforable to hold (will hopefully happen).

It also needs a proper operating system designed with slates in mind (won't happen).

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