Apple iPad 2 enters production

Written by Harry Butler

February 9, 2011 // 4:22 p.m.

Tags: #apple #ipad #ipad-2 #ipad-production #steve-jobs #who-buys-this-junk

Apple fans rejoice; the Wall Street Journal has today reported that the follow-up to Apple's surprisingly successful iPad tablet has entered production, courtesy of long time production partner Foxconn.

Specifications of the new device are still very much shrouded in conjecture and rumour, although a dual-core A5 ARM-chip looks set to be at the heart of whatever Apple has planned. The WSJ's sources also claim that the new device will be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and that it will also have more RAM and a more powerful graphics chip.

However, Apple itself is being predictably tight lipped regarding any information about its new product. What we can safely predict is that Steve Jobs won't be unveiling the new iPad to the Apple crazed public, as he's temporarily left the company on a medical leave of absence.

Since the iPad's release last January, Apple has shipped a remarkable 14.8 million of the devices, leaving the rest of the industry struggling to catch up. Tablet PCs were one of the biggest trends at CES 2011 last month, but few, if any, of the Android devices we saw were able to match the iPad in terms of features.

What's more, with Google's tablet-friendly Android 3.0 still unreleased, the iPad follow-up could move the goalposts yet again, further enhancing Apple's dominance in the tablet market.

Getting the folding chair ready to camp outside the Apple store for an iPad 2? Waiting to see if Android 3.0 has what it takes to compete? Still struggling to see the point of tablets? Either way, let us know in the forums.

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