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.