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.
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