The latest report
about the iPad 2 out of the East Asia supply chain claims that the upgraded device will come with a dual-core CPU running at 1.2 GHz. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that his supplier checks indicate a significant speed bump for the new iPad, with double the RAM, faster memory bus speeds and a powerful dual-core GPU. Display resolution is said to be the same, but the screen will be thinner and come with a new anti-reflective coating.
Ming-Chi Kuo is perhaps best known in the community in his former role as a research analyst for the Taiwanese electronics newspaper/gossip magazine DigiTimes. Though that publication has had a hit and miss reputation, Kuo's predictions last May about the iPhone 4
were eventually proven 100% correct. Kuo says that in addition to the dual-core Cortex-A9 1.2 GHz processor on its updated system-on-a-chip (more and more often referred to as the A5
), the second-generation tablet will also have a dual-core PowerVR SGX543
GPU providing up to 300% faster renders than the iPhone 4's GPU. There will be twice as much RAM (512 MB versus 256 MB on the first generation model) and the SoC will have a memory bus running at 1066 MHz as compared to 800 MHz on the iPad 1 and iPhone 4.
In line with other reports
, the iPad 2 will still have a 9.7-inch touchscreen with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, though the display is said to be thinner than that on the first iPad and will have an anti-reflection coating that will allow for a better reading experience in direct sunlight (looks like someone at Apple's been watching Amazon's Kindle ads
). In a somewhat disappointing note, the new iPad will use the same 1 megapixel rear-facing camera as the iPod touch, rather than the HD camera from the iPhone 4. This, Kuo says, is because the camera is intended to be used for augmented reality applications. The tablet will, however, have the 0.3 megapixel VGA front camera from the iPhone 4.
Kuo also claims that iPad 2 production started this month at Foxconn, which will be its sole supplier. Total production of 4.5 to 5 million units is expected this quarter following the official launch of the new iPad, which "will likely go to market in late 1Q'11 or early 2Q'11." The Taiwanese fiscal year runs from January to December, so this would put the release date close to the one-year anniversary on the iPad on April 3.