Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

Summary:More rumors about the iPad 2 are swirling and fans of Apple's Retina Display (and SD slots) won't be happy.

More rumors about the iPad 2 are swirling and fans of Apple's Retina Display (and SD slots) won't be happy.

Today's iPad 2 tidbits come courtesy of Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has written a report indicating that iPad 2 won't get higher resolution screen as had been widely expected. The eagerly-anticipated tablet successor will use the same 1024 x 768 panel found in the original iPad according to the report.

But all's not lost. Although it won't contain a Retina Display (nor higher resolution) Kuo claims that the iPad 2 display will be "better quality":

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.

The most important reason why iPad 2 won’t have retinal display is yield rate of panel making. At this point, making high resolution and bright IPS/FFS panel is not easy and the production volume and cost couldn’t meet Apple’s requirements.

According to Kuo, in addition to its better quality display iPad 2 will ship with:

  • Faster CPU (ARM Cortex-A9 dual core processor running at 1.2GHz)
  • Dual core GPU (Imagination’s SGX543)
  • 512MB RAM running at 1,066 MHz (same as iPhone 4 and twice as much as iPad 1, and faster. iPhone 4 memory clock is 800 MHz).
  • Separate CDMA and GSM SKUs (GSM will use Infineon chip, CDMA will use Qualcomm chip)
  • iPod touch-like dual cameras

In addition to waning chances of getting a higher resolution screen an earlier rumor that iPad 2 will be getting a SD card slot also appears to be evaporating. AppleInsider throws cold water on the SD speculation indicating that the new port is mostly like, in fact, a SIM card slot. Bummer.

Tip and photo: AppleInsider

Topics: iPad, Mobility


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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