Archive for February 23, 2011

If the latest chatter is true, we may finally get our first glimpse at the next iPad in a little more than a week.

Kara Swisher over at All Things Digital says she has “multiple” sources who claim that Apple will hold a media event in San Francisco on March 2.

Apple has yet to officially confirm an event next week, but according to Swisher, the company “seems poised” to take the wraps off the long-anticipated iPad 2, with the event “likely” to take place at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

The story comes just hours after a flurry of rumors that the next-generation iPad had been delayed, with major news outlets eventually backtracking on the claim Monday.

While Apple hasn’t said a peep about the new iPad yet, rumors peg it to be both thinner and lighter than the 1.5-pound, 0.52-inch original, with at least one camera for video chat, a souped-up processor, and more RAM.

There had also been talk that the iPad 2 would arrive with an improved screen similar to the “retina” display on the current iPhone 4, but a recent report in the Wall Street Journal shot down those rumors, noting that the new display may “disappoint customers” hoping for a “significant improvement” in resolution.

The news comes just days before the arrival of the Motorola Xoom, a tablet with a 10.1-inch display that runs on Android 3.0 “Honeycomb,” the new tablet-centric version of Google’s mobile Android platform.

The next iPad also faces competition from the upcoming, Android-powered LG G-Slate, RIM’s BlackBerry Playbook, and the WebOS-powered Touchpad from HP.

Update: Both the New York Times and Reuters (via Yahoo! News) are now independently confirming the (still unofficial) March 2 iPad event.



Thanks to “Ben Patterson”   technology blogger for Yahoo! News