Alan Smithee

iPad 2 News

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I’m sure that there are tons of you out there in WPR-land who have iPads or got them for a present just a few days ago on Xmas…well if you didn’t know or didn’t think Apple was above their shenanigans when it comes to new versions of their hardware every year, consider yourself informed.

From what we’ve been seeing from the aftermarket developers in China, especially the ones who make the slap-on cases like the ones for the iPhone/iPod Touch, there is going to be a rear camera on the newest iPad, and guessing they’ll go the same route as their other iOS devices, we can expect there to be a front-facing camera as well for those using Facetime.

Also note that in the picture above, you’ll see the area that is taken up on the iPad by the current generation’s speaker ports having a much larger opening. We’re guessing here that they’re expanding the size of the speakers…but others have gone so far as to say that the expanded opening will be for expansive memory, an HDMI connector, or even a USB port. I won’t go so far to say that we know or anyone else knows for certain, but we’re not shooting anything down at this point. The only thing that WE do know of…is that the size of the iPad 2 is shrinking by a few millimeters.

The newest news comes to us courtesy of Digitimes concerning the iPad’s supposed ability to be on more than AT&T’s Network. We all know that the Verizon iPhone is probably on the way, so it was only a matter of time before many of Apple’s other products went multi-data as well. Check the quote we snagged from Digitimes.

“Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January. Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, according to industry sources, citing upstream component makers.

The sources pointed out that about 60-65% of current iPad shipments are 3G models, indicating that consumers prefer models that are able to connect to the Internet all the time, therefore Apple is aiming to work even more closely with telecom carriers by offering more wireless solutions for iPad 2 to satisfy market demand.”

Competition is good, and I will probably be one of those standing in line when the new iPad comes out, I’ve gotta just find someone to foist my current gen one off to before the new iPad is in stores…though I still refuse to get a data package for it and my phone at the same time, that’s just retarded…just enable data tethering or Mi-Fi already AT&T. (BTW I know full well that it’s possible after jailbreaking it, I’m just too big a pussy to do it myself)

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