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  • Digg Founder Sparks iPad 2 Speculation


    Even on the heels of one longstanding rumor (the Verizon iPhone) finally resulting in reality - at least as of next Tuesday's formal announcement - the rumor mill proves incapable of rest. This weekend, Digg founder and widely read tech guru/blogger Kevin Rose made it clear that tech journalists have it all wrong with regard to the second-generation iPad. According to Rose, we won't have to wait until spring for a glimpse of the iPad 2.

    I have it on good authority that Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next "3-4 weeks", possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras.
    Shortly after Rose's initial prediction on Friday, he tempered his comments in a subsequent post - although not about the iPad 2's supposed arrival date. Instead, Rose backed away from claims that the iPad 2 will sport the same "Retina" display native to the current generation iPhone 4. Rather, the new iPad will simply deliver a higher resolution display than what the current model boasts.

    While Rose's words are being widely taken with a full shaker of salt let alone a single grain of it, a recent flurry of iPad 2 case leaks and physical iPad 2 prototypes/mockups (see above image) make an iPad 2 arrival certainly seem to be forthcoming. Rose's claims, however, suggest the new iPad's arrival is more imminent than simply forthcoming. And although Rose's past record of predicting Apple events/products has been accurate about half the time, recent reports from a broad variety of credible sources indicate that Apple has resumed blocking out vacation days for a three-week time frame beginning in late January, right around the time Rose claims the iPad 2 will be revealed.

    Kevin Rose Blog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Digg Founder Sparks iPad 2 Speculation started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. nave3d's Avatar
      nave3d -
      Ooo big whoop. Retina, and 2 cameras that shouldve been on the first iPad. Apple is retarded. Little features for big prices
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      I still don't get this mistaken assumption most people seem to have that a "retina" display must be 326 ppi.

      In the iP4 launch it was clearly stated that for a device held 10-12" away from your face, 300+ was what they found was needed for transparency, and pixel doubling to fit their backwards compatibility put them comfortably above it.

      For an iPad, that number is certainly less than 300, and simply doubling the iPad's resolution would definitely make it a "retina" display by all standards Apple has used to date. Given the example with the iP/T 4, and Apple's desire to maintain backwards compatibility, I don't see any resolution increase that makes sense other than to double it.

      It certainly seems possible from a technical perspective. There's already 2 megapixel displays in 4.8" size, It seems Apple should be able to get 50% more pixels in a display that's 300% larger.

      The only performance problem would be running 3D applications, and as they've shown with the iP4 they can easily make 3D apps render at half resolution. Assuming we see a GPU upgrade in the A5 chip to at least a SGX 540, that should be less of a problem.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Mannn.. i sold my ipad couple weeks before christmas because i want the new one... but if it doesnt impress me i think im walking over to the motorola zoom. yeah apple should have released the ipad 1 with the camera and such. It reminds me of the iphone 1. and everyone went crazy over that, within a year the had out the 3g which was more then double the speed and so on so forth. What makes you think the ipad will be any different. The first gen of a product is like a test dummy, see what people like and dislike then tweak the product.
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      Mannn.. i sold my ipad couple weeks before christmas because i want the new one... but if it doesnt impress me i think im walking over to the motorola zoom. yeah apple should have released the ipad 1 with the camera and such. It reminds me of the iphone 1. and everyone went crazy over that, within a year the had out the 3g which was more then double the speed and so on so forth. What makes you think the ipad will be any different. The first gen of a product is like a test dummy, see what people like and dislike then tweak the product.
      Enjoy that two year contract!
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      the xoom has a contract?
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      the xoom has a contract?
      Can't say that it does for sure but I think the Verizon logo on the device is a big indicator that you are going to have to purchase it through a carrier.
    1. chrodriguezmarydown's Avatar
      chrodriguezmarydown -
      Just wait until the 13th generation where they announce iteliport and your iPad or iPhone can teleport you to anywhere and wipe your @$$ for you lmao!
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mrrippey View Post
      Wouldn't a higher resolution mean the games / apps would look bad (just like what happened now)?

      I'll wait to see what happens. Most likely prices stay the same but capacity doubles and cameras front and rear. Maybe a slightly better screen but not retina.

      Rippey
      Yes, it would. My guess is that they are just going to announce it and that they will give at least several weeks (or months) before it actually comes out so that developers can make their apps suitable for it.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      ^^^ Hahaha lol.

      I'm going to have a hard time finding a verzion store in canada.
      Idk just a thought.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I still hope it doesn't get a rear camera. Despite if it's mainly meant for FaceTime, you know there are going to be some crazy people that just love to take photos and videos with it in public.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I love my iPhone and have dreamed of having the iPad 2...

      ... but if the iPad 2 doesn't have a decent processor to compete with the new dual-cores that H-comb will be sporting like the Motorola Xoom - then I might reconsidered iOS altogether (except maybe an iPod Touch).

      The Motorola Atrix 4G is already got me a drooling for a piece of the dark (green) side...

      Apple has a been a great innovator and these companies now wouldn't be anywhere if it wasn't for Apple... but the same could be said to Ford, and I'm sorry, but I love my Acura. Push the boundaries, Apple... keep me interested, that's all I'm saying.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      All I got to say is if the next iPad doesn't knock my socks off I am not going to upgrade.....
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by krosis View Post
      I still don't get this mistaken assumption most people seem to have that a "retina" display must be 326 ppi.

      In the iP4 launch it was clearly stated that for a device held 10-12" away from your face, 300+ was what they found was needed for transparency, and pixel doubling to fit their backwards compatibility put them comfortably above it.

      For an iPad, that number is certainly less than 300, and simply doubling the iPad's resolution would definitely make it a "retina" display by all standards Apple has used to date. Given the example with the iP/T 4, and Apple's desire to maintain backwards compatibility, I don't see any resolution increase that makes sense other than to double it.

      It certainly seems possible from a technical perspective. There's already 2 megapixel displays in 4.8" size, It seems Apple should be able to get 50% more pixels in a display that's 300% larger.

      The only performance problem would be running 3D applications, and as they've shown with the iP4 they can easily make 3D apps render at half resolution. Assuming we see a GPU upgrade in the A5 chip to at least a SGX 540, that should be less of a problem.
      Good point. Apple's retina display has to do with ppi and the distance between the device and the eyes. Since the iPad is held further away from the face, it could have a lower ppi, yet still be "retina display"
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      If the first gen had more ram and wasn't so laggy, I'd kept it but just returned it today to wait for number 2. At least I got shsh's saved on it and the other one I had to help someone else one day.
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Digg huh? Kinda like AOL, a distant memory. All about the Reddit now.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jay Marcase View Post
      Can't say that it does for sure but I think the Verizon logo on the device is a big indicator that you are going to have to purchase it through a carrier.
      You will most likely be able to buy it outright (at full retail which I am sure will be comparable to that of the iPad) or you can sign a contract and cut that price in half or less. I am pretty sure that is how they work with ALL of their hardware. Just because it is branded doesn't mean you can't walk out of the store with one and without a contract, you simply pay a higher upfront cost.
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Making an announcement does NOT require Apple to put on a Vacation hold. Vacation holds are when an actual product will be on sale. There is no reason an announcement would make more work (is there???) SO SOMETHING IS BEING RELEASED when those vacation holds are in effect!
    1. emoticonartist's Avatar
      emoticonartist -
      Quote Originally Posted by goodluck4287 View Post
      Digg huh? Kinda like AOL, a distant memory. All about the Reddit now.
      I was gonna say the same! Just Kevin rose trying to get back in the spotlight!
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mj0528 View Post
      Should I return my iPad and wait?

      So hard to take it back....
      Take it back and buy another. Then you have a new return period. :-)
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenix81 View Post
      Take it back and buy another. Then you have a new return period. :-)
      Ha! I was thinking the same thing. I may just go and do that in a few days. That way another shsh is at least backed up for the community.