Apple’s iPad 2 To Skip SD Card Slot? [Second Generation]

iPad 2 No SD Card Slot

The rumor mill has been busy speculating the new features and hardware changes in Apple’s upcoming second gen iPad or iPad 2. Almost all rumors we have previously reported agree with at least three major changes. iPad 2 will be thinner & lighter, support FaceTime camera and 3-axis gyroscope. However, the possibility of retina display and SD card slot still remains unclear.

In December a Chinese website listed cases of the rumored second gen iPad and then removed them due to a “legitimate takedown request”. Since then the news about iPad supporting SD card slot has been widely reported by many media outlets. However, according to a new report published by AppleInsider the iPad 2 will not feature SD card slot. They recently published photos of another set of iPad protectors which clearly reveal a cutout on the upper left-hand side, opposite to volume and mute buttons. Now, AppleInsider’s source who is familiar with this matter said, “the break in the next-gen iPad enclosure at that location is actually a relocation of the tablet’s SIM card slot.”

That may explain why some of the other next-gen iPad casings making the rounds don’t sport the same opening, as users of 3G iPads aren’t likely to need ready access to the SIM slot on a daily basis. And like Gruber’s sources on the subject, the same person referenced above gave no indication that there’s an SD Card slot elsewhere on the device.

2011 has been predicted to be the “year of tablets” and we could see more than 50 tablet computers launching as the year progresses. There are already a few tablets which have been creating some buzz, including BlackBerry PlayBook, Motorola XOOM and Notion Ink’s Adam. Even though Apple managed to remain at the top of tablet market by selling more than 15 million iPads in 2010; this year they face tough competition as other companies try to grab market share.

iPad 2 is expected to be unveiled in mid February or early March and we could see the device being shipped to customers in April. The next few months will be quite interesting for the “tablet market” and consumers will certainly see a lot of variety and choice.

Do you think iPad 2 needs SD card slot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Steven

    Would a sim Insert need a gap in the case?

  • Klinok

    One more thing, the iPhone and iPad represent the dream come true (for Steve Jobs first) for a lot of people, and the triumph of innovation and desire for the best, over greed, shortsightedness, and cheapness of other players in the market. Thank you, Mr. Jobs, you have shown that quality work pays for itself in every respect.

  • Klinok

    iPod 2 needs a next generation screen, and more convenient form factor, everything else already works well. Best, if it would be modeled after iPhone 4, their absolute success.

  • Klinok

    Nobody is suggesting it, but I think it would be a smart move for Apple to introduce upgraded iPad in 2 sizes, 7″ and its present 10″. Having the same hardware in both. It shouldn’t be too great an expense and overhead. Just fof the heck of market experiment. After all, we have laptops, TVs, and just about anything else in different sizes to suit different tastes and needs.

  • Jh

    but you put sim card in just once, u dont need cut out for that on case… but it makes sense for sd karte cuz u switch that more often

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  • Nickpaton95

    I dont think that the supposed sim slot is true it is probably just the usual volume buttons!

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