Report: Apple begins production of iPad 2

By on February 9, 2011, 10:00 AM
Apple's second version of its iPad tablet computer has already entered production, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing "people familiar with the matter" the paper claims that the so-called iPad 2 will be thinner and lighter, with at least one built-in camera for video chat, while sporting a significantly faster processor and more memory. Not much of a surprise there. Contrary to earlier rumors, it will also purportedly keep the same display resolution as the first model.

The new model will reportedly be sold through AT&T and Verizon Wireless, suggesting the iPad 2 might use Qualcomm's Gobi communications chip that supports both GSM and CDMA networks -- which is found (with the GSM capability disconnected) in Apple's Verizon-friendly version of the iPhone 4.

There are no details of when the new iPad might be hitting store shelves or what the pricing might be, but if Apple stays true to the same release cycle it uses for the iPhone we can probably expect it to arrive in the next couple of months at prices similar to the $499 to $829 range available for the current versions of the tablet.

All in all it should be an interesting year for this still nascent segment. Rivals such as Samsung and Motorola are coming on strong with Android tablets, while Research In Motion is launching the PlayBook using a completely reworked operating system based on QNX Neutrino and HP will be announcing its webOS-based tablets later today.




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princeton princeton said:

keep the same display resolution as the first model.

Then it's still garbage. When reading e-books is easier on the iphone 4 you need to bump up the tablets res.

Guest said:

I wonder if it is going to keep the same screen size, but bump up the res. Agreed that we need to have a higher resolution in the ipad 2 to make the consumers happy.

ramonsterns said:

Yay, more overpriced trash from Apple.

j05hh j05hh said:

support flash? not holding my breath

Guest said:

In a few months?! It is astounding that Apple is close to releasing their second (successful) tablet while the competition (Android tablets) have not even released the killer tablet @ the right price point. This CES has been full of great-looking upcoming tablets, but their release dates are too far into the future to be of significance for the present or have impact in the tablet market as a whole. I could be wrong seeing how android smartphones eventually took over iPhones, but seeing the Ipad lose to the android tablets is hard.

Also, I wish tablets were cheaper. I want a tablet that is in the same price range of a $300 netbook. Anything more is a waste, given how tablets have low productivity.

hitech0101 said:

This version seems like an update patch of ipad like 1.9.9.9 rather than an ipad 2.0 just seems to miss the mark with so many tablets cropping up everyday one might deal the killer punch after ipad2's release.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Guest said:

In a few months?! It is astounding that Apple is close to releasing their second (successful) tablet while the competition (Android tablets) have not even released the killer tablet @ the right price point. This CES has been full of great-looking upcoming tablets, but their release dates are too far into the future to be of significance for the present or have impact in the tablet market as a whole. I could be wrong seeing how android smartphones eventually took over iPhones, but seeing the Ipad lose to the android tablets is hard.

Also, I wish tablets were cheaper. I want a tablet that is in the same price range of a $300 netbook. Anything more is a waste, given how tablets have low productivity.

^This indeed.

I highly agree. When something that looks like it could be a winner in the tablet market, the price is too high for it to be truly successful IE: Motorola Xoom.

The idea of a tablet is neat, but it's really a novelty item. For the same price, some people could get a decent laptop capable of so much more.

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