According to a recent Bloomberg report, Apple will build NFC (Near Field Communication) chips into the next generation iPhone and iPad. NFC is a short range wireless technology that enables devices to communicate with each other to perform simple transactions. This technology has been in use in countries like Japan and South Korea – but is yet to take off in the West. Just last month, Japanese mobile carrier Softbank introduced limited NFC functionality using an add-on accessory that sticks to the back of the iPhone for mobile payment.
According to IDC analyst Tom Mainelli, Apple has just requested its component makers to begin work on the super high resolution 2048*1536 display. This means it would be futile to expect such a screen in the second generation iPad, which is expected to be released in March or April. Instead, it is more likely that the third generation iPad will get the super high resolution display – sometime in 2012.
We have heard several rumors that suggest that iPad 2 would get a camera. Couple of days back, we had reported that iOS 4.3 Beta 2 contains images, which indicates that the second generation iPad will get a front facing camera and also come pre-installed with Apple’s FaceTime, Camera and Photo Booth app.
There have been a bunch of rumors in the past few weeks that the iPad 2 would come with a front-facing camera for Apple’s FaceTime video calling feature. However, these rumors and speculations were based on reports from part vendors and accessory makers.
There was nothing from Apple that suggested that these features would arrive on the iPad 2 until iOS 4.3 Beta was released earlier this month. Macrumors has noticed that iOS 4.3 Beta 2 contains even more evidence, which indicates that the second generation iPad will get a front facing camera and also come pre-installed with Apple’s FaceTime, Camera and Photo Booth app.
In the last few weeks, we have seen quite a few purported iPad 2 cases, which have revealed that the second generation iPad could get an iPod Touch like form factor, wide range speaker, smaller bezel and front and rear cameras.
Folks at AppleInsider have found a new iPad 2 case from Chinese accessory manufacturer, which has revealed that iPad 2 could come with two additional openings – a left-upper slot and a top-middle slot.
MacRumors reader has discovered couple of iPad 2 parts on Global Direct Parts website, a smartphone parts supplier.
Global Direct Parts is the same website that had published a video comparing the casing from iPhone 4 and another iPhone model, which they claimed could be the CDMA iPhone (few days before the Verizon iPhone was launched) that turned out to be accurate.
AppleInsider is reporting that according to their source, the next generation iPad and iPhone will get a new version of Apple’s A4 chip, which uses the dual-core SGX535 GPU from Imagination Technologies.
According to AppleInsider, the new version of the A4 chip will enable Apple to bring Retina-like Display to iPad 2 and could also bring 1080p HD support to iOS Devices.
Best Buy’s website has been been notorious for leaking information regarding Apple’s upcoming products in the past. Of course it’s a different story that some of these leaks were grossly misleading. For example, back in 2009, a new product appeared on the website that was listed as a “mobile computing device”. This eventually turned out to be the updated MacBook.
Anyway, our bone of contention today are three new iPad SKUs (Stock Keeping Unit) that appeared on Best Buy’s website.
We’ve heard several rumors and speculations about Retina Display coming to the second generation iPad that is expected to be launched towards the end of March or April.
MacRumors have found new graphics in iBooks application with higher resolution labelled “iPadx2”, which indicates that iPad 2 may come with a display that has twice the resolution in both directions (2048×1536) of the current iPad (1024×768). This means that iPad 2 may come with a 2048×1536 screen resolution at 260 DPI compared to current iPad’s 1024×768 screen resolution at 132 DPI.
Until now, Apple’s iOS devices including the likes of the iPhone 4, iPad, iPod Touch 4G, and Apple TV (2010) uses the PowerVR SGX535 GPU from Imagination Technologies for all their graphics rendering needs. Considering the fact that this chip has been in business since the iPhone 3GS days, its longevity is commendable indeed. However, it is clear that Apple would need to look for an upgrade when it comes to the next generation of iOS devices and they might actually have found the perfect one.