iPad 2 May Get Thinner And Anti-Reflection Screen, 1.2 GHz Dual Core CPU, Double RAM, Cameras & More

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According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from Concord Securities who claims to have knowledge of the components that will be used in iPad 2, has revealed that the next generation will not get iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G-like retina display.

According to him, the second generation iPad will get an anti-reflection screen.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo’s report, the next generation iPad will come with the following improvements and enhancements:

Display:

The improvement of iPad 2 display, focuses on thickness and anti-reflection, not resolution. iPad 2 display module is 30~35% thinner than iPad 1 and it’s helpful for better form factor. Thanks to anti-reflection, iPad 2 could have better sunlight readable experience and it’s helpful for Apple to compete with Amazon’s fast growing Kindle business.

Processor:

iPad 2 will use [ARM] Cortex-A9 dual core processor running at 1.2GHz. Increasing 1~2% single core processor clock results in a 3~5% power increase and dual core could get a better balance between computing power and power consumption. That’s the reason why Apple will use dual core for iPad 2.

Graphics:

iPad 2 will also have a GPU using Imagination’s SGX543 dual core graphics technology which is 200~300% powerful than iPhone 4.

RAM:

For making full use of GPU upgrading advantage, iPad 2 needs bigger memory bandwidth. So iPad 2 has 512MB RAM, same as iPhone 4 and twice as much as iPad 1, but running at higher clock 1,066 MHz for getting bigger memory bandwidth (iPhone 4 memory clock is 800 MHz).

CDMA and GSM iPad models:

iPad 2 adds one new CDMA model and it could bring more market share to Apple. Project IDs of Wi-Fi, GSM and CDMA iPad 2 models are different. GSM iPad will use Infineon chip and CDMA iPad will use Qualcomm chip.

Cameras:

iPad has two cameras. Front camera is 0.3 mega-pixel [VGA, like iPhone 4] and rear one is 1 mega-pixel [like iPod touch, rather than iPhone 4]. Front camera is for Facetime and Photo Booth and 0.3 mega-pixel is enough because the resolution of iPad 2 is 1,024×768. Rear camera is for applications such as video recording and augmented reality.

Other than the new features and improvements mentioned above, Chou has also mentioned that iPad 2 could come with an SD Card slot but he hasn’t confirmed it.

We have heard several rumors and speculations about iPad 2 getting dual-core processor, dual-core GPU, cameras and CDMA model but it’s the first time we have received information of iPad 2 getting a 1.2 GHz processor and anti-reflection screen.

In the past, Amazon has attacked iPad in Kindle commercials to point out that iPad’s glossy screen is less readable in direct sunlight as compared to Kindle’s e-ink screen, which reads like real paper with no glare. So the anti-reflection screen is probably to take on Amazon’s Kindle.

We can’t wait to see the official tech specs of the next generation iPad? What about you?

[via AppleInsider]

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  • jdb

    Hope this is true!!!

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    Well the price should stay the same then its gonna be awesome.

  • K

    I think Apple should lower the new iPad prices by $100 in order to compete with all these Tablets out there these days. And I wish the have a higher resolution screen.

  • Karen

    Without retina display, its a rushed FAIL.

  • http://yahoo.com FredFlin

    not to mention these are only rumors…

    apple is just blatantly fucking over their fans by releasing these revisions so close to the originals that it’s gotta stop or people are gonna show them buy buying up all their products “Yes this is what we want, we want high prices on mediocre products and we want to dish out the same amount every 6 months for basically the same thing but a couple new features” Fucking retarded

  • http://yahoo.com FredFlin

    it’s funny also how they just aggressively refuse to listen to their fans as well. Why not use the retina display? Oh, that’ll be saved for the ipad3 just to make ipad2 owners feel inadequate

  • melvarius

    I think I’ll go for one of those new laptop/tablet combos comming out from Acer/Dell etc. Coz those specs are just shit. Lets face it the iPad is just an oversized iPod touch lol

    • KS

      Well, I had the same thought until I tried the iPad. It’s just feel different on the bigger screen. You can also say most of the other teblets are just an oversized Android phone.

  • http://youtube.com nerdgasmaker

    The first iPad came out a year ago. I HIGHLY doubt all of these changes are going to be. But its obvious we are gonna get cameras

  • http://www.GoddardJewelry.com Abel

    I just want more memory. I’d love to have 128GB or more. I don’t have the current iPad, but I’m in serious lust. I’ve started saving for the 2nd gen, regardless of new features. The current version, with the exception of more memory, would fit my needs. Any changes are just gravy.

  • Able us a dumb ass

    Your an idiot 128gb of ram here’s your sign. Should have 1 gigigabite of ram duel core processor 120 gig hard drive retna anti glare display and SD card slot.

    • No you are

      He didn’t say ram ijit…. Memory can be referred to storage space. When someone says anything more than 10GB i think hard disk, not RAM. Also please learn how to spell. Gigigabyte? Is this how people that studder say it?
      Duel core? Are they gonna fight?
      Retna? Surely you mean retina. Didn’t you read this word in the article? Or any other of these?
      Well at least you spelled processor right and punctuated didn’t, so your not a total fail…. But still….. FAIL!

  • theBankRobber

    Wow so the update is going to sell like the iphones now, last year people spent $600 for and iPad just to have to spend another $600 or more for the iPad 2 a year later. Phones are better for that kind of money as the features make the phone better. Why the hell would anyone buy and iPad then decide to get the iPad 2 for more speed and 2 cameras. That’s the only features they will sell you on as the 1 st iPad had nothing to handle light very well. So unlike phones, you get screwed again by Apple. Instead of making the iPad better, they just add better features that SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THERE IN THE 1ST PLACE.