Here we go!Apple is about to reveal the latest iteration of its hot selling iPad.
Unlike last year, Apple is unlikely to blow our minds with a whole new gadget, rather it’s going to cement its position as the leader in the tablet market.
How will it do that? Read on to find out …
Steve Jobs is on medical leave, so it's unlikely he's going to be able to give one of his classic keynotes. Instead, we expect to see Phil Schiller who revealed the iPhone 3GS when Steve was out sick last time.
Apple is adding a front facing camera according to various reports. This will allow it to further market 'FaceTime' its video chatting software which is surprisingly popular. As for a rear camera, we not sure. It's hard to picture a rear camera on a tablet getting a lot of use, so Apple might hold off to lower cost and complexity. Some people have reported a rear camera is coming, but the well sourced WSJ has yet to confirm.
Last year Apple introduced the 'A4' chip with the iPad. This year, it's 'likely' it introduces the next version, which could be called the 'A5,' says Engadget. The A5 will be 'multi-core,' which means it will be quite fast.
A Goldman analyst is predicting a 10% wholesale price cut. That would be absolutely devastating for the competition which is already struggling to keep up with Apple on prices. Apple execs have also said they really want to own the tablet market, so they're willing to offer low prices.
For a short while there was some debate on this one ... but that's all over now. Expect the same resolution this time. For iPad 3, however, we might get the Retina Display.
Apple will reportedly add NFC chips to the iPad 2. With NFC chips you can wireless pay for items at stores that support the system. We don't really have that much trouble using credit cards, but this digital wallet idea has had people excited for years. If Apple does it, it could help usher in a new era.
If you want to use an iPad through Verizon wireless today, you need to use a mifi hotspot. The next iPad should have a chip built into it that is compatible with Verizon's network. So, if you want to use Verizon for 3G, you can.
The problem with all the reporting on Apple is that by the time the event comes around, we have a pretty good idea about what we're going to see. There are few surprises left. To keep us on our toes, John Gruber of Daring Fireball said he heard Apple might add a lightweight carbon fibre backing to the iPad to make it weigh less. He cautioned it's mostly speculation, so it's unlikely to happen.
Last time Steve Jobs was sick, we got the iPhone 3GS, a tiny upgrade to the iPhone 3G. This time we're getting the iPad2, which is said to be a minor upgrade to the iPad. An iPad 3 is reportedly in the works for the fall.
Why put out an iPad 2 then? Well, competitors are coming after Apple with Android tablets. Apple can't let off the gas.
We haven't seen any firm reports on an actual release date, but some reports suggest the week after the announcement, while still others suggest an April release. We think Apple gets it out in two weeks after the announcement, just because it wants to keep pressure on rivals.
We're not sure what's going to happen here, but Apple has been making it harder to sign up for its MobileMe web services, which suggests its about to change the service. Some rumours say we're going to finally see a cloud based storage system allowing us to store music on the web. We're looking forward to it, because Apple is falling behind Google on this front in a big way.