iPad 2 inbound?

9th February 2011

According to The Wall Street Journal the iPad 2 is already in production, concurring with the majority of rumours surrounding the device.

Some of the technical specifications doing the rumour rounds include it being thinner, faster and equipped for video calling. It will also apparently run across Verizon and AT&T networks in the USA, making the old iPad look decidedly primitive and frankly embarrassing.

That latter capability will mean almost nothing outside the USA, but means the iPad 2 is almost certainly using Qualcomm’s Gobi communications chip that supports both GSM and CDMA networks which is already being used (with the GSM capability disconnected) in Apple’s Verizon-friendly version of the iPhone 4. In America that’s a big deal, but the rest of the world has ubiquitous GSM.

The Wall Street Journal also agrees with previous rumours that the iPad 2 won’t have a significantly higher resolution screen, no retinal display for pads – which isn’t very surprising as such a thing would drive up the cost quite a bit.

What we still don’t know is when the iPad 2 will appear on the shelves, how much it will cost or what functionality Apple is keeping back for the big bang launch.