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New iPad 2 rumors point to thinner body and lack of SD slot

Engadget’s sources claim the new iPad will not receive a higher resolution display or an SD slot
Omar Qudsi,

Whenever an Apple product is involved you can be sure of one thing; the presence of numerous conflicting rumors leading to increased hype and appeal for the product ahead of its launch. This time around it’s the iPad 2 that’s the center of these rumors, as the newest leaks contradict earlier specifications for the next generation iPad.

Interestingly enough online tech website, Engadget, is the source for both of these conflicting reports. It all began with a report by some “reliable sources”   that said with “near certainty” that the iPad 2 would feature an SD card slot to go along with a new screen technology equipped with a super-high resolution.

However, the latest word from Engadget seems to indicate that their previous sources were misinformed. This time around, the 2nd set of sources who have been “dead-right” in the past are claiming that the iPad 2 will not be equipped with the higher resolution display, nor will it feature an SD card slot.

With that in mind, the sources also mentioned that the lack of a high-res display and SD support was due to an “engineering issue”, so we shouldn’t necessarily count out the first reports.

On the other hand, both sources do seem to agree that the new iPad will be thinner than the previous model, so we can hope at least that part is true. Otherwise, the new rumors pointed to the new model featuring 512MB of RAM, and a Cortex-A5 processor. Another feature we can probably count on being in the new product is a front-facing camera and possibly a rear-facing camera (if you wish to believe several case mockups that have managed to find their way into tech news).

Ultimately, rumors are called rumors for a reason, and until we hear any official word from Cupertino there is no way to know what to believe. However, with Apple scheduling an iPad business event for the 2nd of March we’re hoping for some information to come out really soon.

On the other hand, it’s very possible that the event and leaked specs will only lead to a hardware update for the iPad 1 rather than the release of a new product. Thankfully, the number of days left till March 2nd can be counted on two hands; unfortunately, we wish we could say the same about the number of rumors that will emerge by then.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-02-25 (Update: 2012-05-26)