After countless rumors and speculation, it looks as if the next generation of the iPad will finally be revealed next week. Apple’s iPad 2 is rolling off assembly lines and could be on store shelves within a few months, according to the latest rumor courtesy of Wall Street Journal and “people familiar with the matter.”
Apple could unveil the iPad 2 as soon as March 2 – around the same time of year that Apple took the wraps off the original iPad. This news comes courtesy of Kara Swisher at the Wall Street Journal, who cites several anonymous sources familiar with the iPad 2 roll-out. According to her sources, the Wednesday date in a little more than a week is firm and will take place in San Francisco, the scene of many such Apple events.
"Analysts expect the iPad 2 to be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display," Swisher writes on the All Things Digital blog, "as well as front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support. And some reports suggest it will be powered by one of Qualcomm’s multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world."
Since the date for Apple’s event has been confirmed, there is already speculation on whether Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be in attendance or not. He is currently on leave to deal with ongoing health issues, but he has been spotting around Silicon Valley at various places in the past few weeks. In addition, Jobs along with other technology moguls such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg, had dinner with President Obama at a high-profile technology-moguls dinner last week.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on things, of course. As soon as we find more information we’ll let you know. For now, let the speculation begin as we try to figure out exactly what features will end up inside of the successor to the most successful tablet on the market.
Of course, nothing is official until Apple says so, but expect the media frenzy to begin next week!