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Apple iPad 2 launch 'set for March 2'

Apple iPad 2 launch 'set for March 2'

Despite rumours about the iPad 2's production problems, Apple seems on track to unveil the new device next week.

The iPad 2 will be unveiled by Apple on 2 March, according to 'multiple sources' that have spoken to The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital blog.

Replacing the device that many thought would flop, the news is surprising given recent rumours about the device's teething troubles. Looking set to be launched 11 months after its predecessor, the The Wall Street Journal's sources predict that the device will be thinner than the original iPad.

A 1,024 x 768 resolution display, 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and SGX543 GPU are on the cards as well. What's more, the iPad 2 is also reportedly being shipped with twice as much RAM as the original iPad, making for a total of 512MB.

While these specifications are currently unsubstantiated, they point to an evolutionary upgrade, much like the progress we saw with the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Of course, Apple has been typically tight-lipped about the launch and specifications, so none of this has been officially confirmed yet.

The rumoured launch date is just one week away, though, so we don't have long to wait to see if it's true.

Will you be queueing outside your nearest Apple store when the iPad 2 is launched, or is the news less exciting than Heinz introducing a new variety of baked beans? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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wuyanxu 23rd February 2011, 11:39 Quote
only 512MB of RAM? guess improvements on multitasking isn't on the cards for iOS 5. :(
Snips 23rd February 2011, 11:40 Quote
I'm sure there will be a little bit held back to give the launch some wow factor. Would be interesting to hear who will actually be launching the product since Jobs is still bit fragile at the moment. I think the board are announcing his replacement today or consulting with other major shareholders.
coolius 23rd February 2011, 11:43 Quote
Still will likely go for one of the many alternatives being released over the next few months!

P.S. the caption on the front page says 'higher resolution' which is incorrect :P
bodkin 23rd February 2011, 11:50 Quote
Am I the only one who would be existed at a new type of baked bean
M7ck 23rd February 2011, 11:56 Quote
I am genuinely excited, I will be getting one of these as a replacment for my original iPad.
maximus09 23rd February 2011, 12:12 Quote
mmmmmm baked beans :p...

seriously though, I wonder if the price points will be similar to the origianl iPad. I still wont get one, just curious. I don't mind having a closed system on my iPhone, but on a tablet there is no way I want a closed OS. And before people say "why don't you just jailbreak it", to be honest I'd rather not, in my opinion it shoud stay as it was intended, just buy a different brand if you want freedom.
[USRF]Obiwan 23rd February 2011, 12:15 Quote
I would get a pad with Pixel QI at least like the Adam or ZTE light 2. I follow the Chinese stuff in the next few months and see what they will bring and it looks promising.
jrs77 23rd February 2011, 12:22 Quote
Still waiting for a DinA4 sized (300x200mm) tablet with HD-ready (1366x768) screen-resolution.

The size of the MacBookAir made into tablet basically only a little bit thinner and lighter using a Tegra2-SoC or something along these lines at around the $500 pricetag including 3G ofc.

EDIT: The tablets shown by Malata, especially the new unreleased one, is exactly what I'm looking for, but it's to be seen, who of the big worldwide manufacturers will release something like this, as I'm not to fond of buying a chinese device without international support.
B1GBUD 23rd February 2011, 12:23 Quote
Coincides with my Birthday..... hmmmm
Skippylee 23rd February 2011, 12:24 Quote
"Heinz introducing a new variety of baked beans!" OMG, don't leave me hanging!! What's it call and where can I get it?
Snips 23rd February 2011, 12:29 Quote
Beans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6dm9rN6oTs

Sorry for the link but I go to pieces every time I see it.
REMF 23rd February 2011, 12:38 Quote
"A 1,024 x 768 resolution display, 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and SGX543 GPU are on the cards as well."

The tag-line says "higher-res screen", how is this higher than that which went before?

Also, shame about the 512MB, would have hoped for 1GB.
Xir 23rd February 2011, 12:38 Quote
Living in a country where they're next to not available i've got to say:
Hmmmm Baked Beans ;)
USB or at least SD-card port?
iworld 23rd February 2011, 12:54 Quote
I believe that Android bases systems will rule the roost snd be more technically advanced
Phil Rhodes 23rd February 2011, 13:13 Quote
Quote:
less exciting than Heinz introducing a new variety of baked beans

Couldn't have put it better myself.
B1GBUD 23rd February 2011, 13:31 Quote
So is the screen resolution confirmed? I saw this and got very hopeful....

http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/44550-the-ipad-2-resolution-kerfuffle
mclean007 23rd February 2011, 14:13 Quote
No higher res "retina display"? Surprising given the original iPad has a larger dot pitch than the original iPhone, never mind the iPhone 4.

Not mentioned above, but I will be shocked if there's no front facing "Facetime" camera.

Anyone want to put a bet on the "just one more thing" feature? Will there even be one if Jobs isn't delivering the launch? It's his trademark phrase after all.
Quote:
Originally Posted by M7ck
I am genuinely excited, I will be getting one of these as a replacment for my original iPad.
Really? What's missing from your original iPad that makes this an essential upgrade?
M7ck 23rd February 2011, 14:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mclean007

Really? What's missing from your original iPad that makes this an essential upgrade?

This one will be a little lighter, faster and include a camera (or two)
Woodspoon 23rd February 2011, 14:15 Quote
Heinz Baked bean fridge packs, now that is worth queueing in shops for.
Beans but not in a tin, awesome.
ADJB 23rd February 2011, 16:08 Quote
I'm in the "Meh" camp.

Sorry but I still don't know what a tablet PC is for. My netbook lets me do everything that I would (or even might) use it for and use real (read work) programs as well.

I need a far more versatile machine than a tablet before it becomes any use to me and I have no intention of splurging 500+ notes on what, for me, would effectively be a toy.
Ph4ZeD 23rd February 2011, 16:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ADJB
I'm in the "Meh" camp.

Sorry but I still don't know what a tablet PC is for. My netbook lets me do everything that I would (or even might) use it for and use real (read work) programs as well.

I need a far more versatile machine than a tablet before it becomes any use to me and I have no intention of splurging 500+ notes on what, for me, would effectively be a toy.

I'm going to get a iPad 2, nothing better that lounging around in bed watching TV or trolling Bit-Tech!
Plugs 23rd February 2011, 18:29 Quote
are Heinz releasing a new variety of beans?
because that i would be interested in
chrisb2e9 23rd February 2011, 19:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Plugs
are Heinz releasing a new variety of beans?
because that i would be interested in

I wonder what they will taste like? any guesses?
leveller 24th February 2011, 07:43 Quote
The keynote will be at the very least, interesting, and even the sceptics and/or haters must admit that Apple are doing a good job at leading the industry forwards. The new lightning/thunder-bolt on their Macs is rumoured to be announced at same time, possibly MacOS Lion as well ... ? As someone said before, shame Jobs won't be doing it (I assume he isn't), love him or hate him, his face is synonymous with all the good stuff Apple has brought out in the last decade or so.
Jampotp 24th February 2011, 10:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
I wonder what they will taste like? any guesses?

I'm guessing a real mish-mash, including crushed ipad, well composted steve jobs, tomato sauce, baked beans, with a dash of apple :D
Dedlite 24th February 2011, 11:07 Quote
The only feature that would me upgrade is removable storage - even if it's an SD card. Then the iPad will/could replace my laptop.

BTW I have recently discovered my HTC Desire can do a mobile wireless APN; mean I can use my WiFi (only) iPad anywhere. Which is nice.
shaffaaf27 25th February 2011, 02:38 Quote
tbh i would take the touchpad over any tablets right now, or in the near future.
donok 26th February 2011, 05:18 Quote
Yes but will it blend ??

Lol
Cleggmeister 26th February 2011, 09:30 Quote
Flash support pls.
Riddick 6th March 2011, 20:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cleggmeister
Flash support pls.

Never going to happen. Not until Apple stop bashing Adobe, besides then they'd lose out on revenue for the App Store.

Not excited at all about this (I wasn't for the original iPad either)
But I expected a bit more than a dual core CPU, a bit more RAM and Facetime

As for "the year of the copycat" haven't all the tablets that were announced at least a month before the iPad 2 got dual core CPU's, more RAM, dual cameras etc...
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