What to expect from the iPad2

The iPad 2 is due to be launched this spring (it should be available by April at the latest) and there have been all sorts of leaks and rumours about what to expect.

Here's the information leaked thus far:

1. The iPad will have both a front-facing and rear-facing cameras, one of which will be a webcam. This will correct one of the major deficiencies in the current iPad, namely that you can't use it to Skype the way you can with Samsung's Galaxy tab or HP's Slate. The Facetime video conferencing standard will be supported on the iPad 2. Facetime compatibility is already in the iPhone 4 and it makes sense that Apple will extend this to the iPad. Business users and those who want to use the iPad for communication while on the go will be pleased with this.

2. The resolution on the iPad will be improved from the current 1024 by 768, with some people saying that it will go as high as 2048 by 1536. This will make an enormous difference to how sharp the display on the iPad looks. The iPad2 will also have a built in SD card slot, which makes it easier to transfer files and documentsother files to your iPad.

3. Apple have already confirmed that the new A5 processor, which is capable of handling and outputting 1080p video is going to be in Apple TV. It's rumoured that this processor will also be in the next generation iPad, which means that watching video and movies on the iPad will be a better experience.

4. The iPad's screen will remain 10 inches but it will be thinner and lighter, making it easier for people to carry around.

5. We understand that there will be three versions of the next generation iPad - in addition to the Wi-Fi version and the 3G version, a Verizon version will be released, with an integrated CDMA radio that allows users to hook up to the Verizon network.

In case you are wondering where to buy the iPad, we believe that existing suppliers such as Target and BestBuy will stock the iPad 2, along with the Apple store.


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