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.
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.
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