Apple iPad 2 release next week?

Friday, February 4, 2011, 7:20 by Tech Correspondent

Apple will release the unofficially-dubbed iPad 2 next week when it announces iOS version 4.3. Apple, of course, has said nothing of the sort.

Apple has just planned an event to unveil the new iOS 4.3, whose beta version was released recently, while tech writers worldwide are convinced that the company actually means to surprise them with iPad 2 because Apple did say something about having “one more thing” lined up.

This also strengthens our earlier reports that the iPad 2 is expected to ship in February 2011. That bit of speculation was based on a report by Taiwan-based DigiTimes in December 2010 that Foxconn Electronics, a key component maker for iPhones and iPads, should be ready to ship around 4,00,000 to 6,00,000 units of the unofficially dubbed iPad 2 in the next 100 days.

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Photo: Apple iPad

A couple of days ago, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp launched The Daily, an iPad newspaper, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. At this event, the next generation version of iPad was spotted by someone who knew a Reuters reporter. So the story goes that Apple’s iPad 2 has a front-facing camera, as this person apparently saw an Apple tablet with a front-facing camera, which iPad 1 lacks.

The iPad 2’s features are unknown, but innumerable conjectures and suggestions have been made regarding what it is likely to have or what it ought to have. See our previous story on iPad 2 rumors and features

Apple iPad 2 is expected to have a thinner display than iPad 1, though it still won’t be as good as Retina Display, which Apple uses for iPhones. However, there were rumors sometime ago that iPad 2 will support twice of full HD resolution

The new Apple tablet will probably use 4G networks; should work as a mobile hotspot; could support 3D graphics; integrate with FaceTime for video chats, etc. Although users would have liked the device to have USB and microSD ports, it’s possible that iPad 2 will continue to lack these data sharing features.

Apple has closely protected its intellectual property and that of the content and software developers its iTunes and App Store support. Therefore, music sold on iTunes was earlier DRM protected, and this is allegedly also the reason why Apple’s products don’t have standard portable memory ports that are interoperable with devices made by other companies.

At the launch of News Corp’s The Daily, Apple also introduced an in-app subscription model for products sold by third parties on its App Store. Subscription sales are more stable than individual product sales are, so the content developer can plan ahead better when he’s selling more subscriptions and fewer individual units.

However, because in-app sales has been made mandatory by Apple, developers will be forced to share their profits with Apple, which Apple thinks is perfectly fair, because had it not been for its efforts and investments, there wouldn’t be some 14 million iPad devices within one year for developers to serve apps and content to.

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