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

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.

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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

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  • I love my iPad! if this one is thinner i'll be getting it the

    moment it comes out ! i'm not worried about the resolution as i figure they'll get that taken care of in time for ipad three this summer so i will buy that when its available!!
    Ron Bergundy
    • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

      @Ron Bergundy

      Apple loves people like you.

      "I bought one less than a year ago but I am happy to drop more money to replace it with a newer one." Rinse and repeat from year to year.
      bobiroc
      • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

        @bobiroc you must know psychology. :)
        tatiGmail
      • Re: you must know psychology

        @tatiGmail

        No, I just know Apple's marketing game that they have been playing for years. Don't get me wrong I have an iPhone 4 and like it very much. It does what I need it to do and does it fairly well. I just find that many people are content with buying a new apple gadget year after year to get a couple new features and some of which should have not been left out of the previous version. When I skipped getting the iPhone 3GS some of my fellow iPhone owner friends thought I was nuts that I was willing to wait a couple years in between upgrading. I am sure I will get a few teachers walking around with their iPad 2's making fun of those with only the iPad 1 or no iPad at all. I know of 1 teacher that carries her iPad everywhere and makes sure it is on the bottom of her pile of papers as she walks in a case that exposes the Apple logo. A fellow teacher asked her one time why she got a case that exposes the iPad and if she was afraid of scratches and her response was "I want everyone to know that it is an iPad and not some cheap knock off." Then people wonder why I make comments how some people purchase Apple products as some sort of status symbol and not based on their functionality.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

        @bobiroc I guess your poor
        cadetyo
      • Re: I guess you're poor

        @cadetyo

        First of all it is [b]YOU'RE[/b] so get an education. Second of all I may not be rich but your response is typical of an Apple fanboy. [i]"If you can't afford an Apple product then you are not worthy of it".[/i]
        bobiroc
      • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

        @bobiroc

        Ever hear of ebay? Check out the resale values of Apple products.
        msalzberg
    • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

      @Ron Bergundy Don't follow this moron...he's either Trickytom3 or SonofaSalior..my bet's on SonofaSailor since he's in the habit of stalking posters and stealing their avatars after claiming the avatars are gay.
      Ron Burgundy
      • Interesting post..

        @Ron Burgundy

        Interesting insights on the iPad 2. Can't wait for your next irrelevant post.
        Cyberslammer3
  • The best...

    ...just keeps getting better.
    james347
  • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

    I think the screen is fine how it is - focus on other, more pressing issues like weight, glare and speed are much more important. No SD? That may be a deal stopper for me though.
    milemanager
    • There are third party accessories that address those needs

      @milemanager
      For external storage, HyperDrive will give a user 1TB of photo and video storage. Apple's adapter can access data on camera SD chips.
      kenosha77a
  • I hope there is more to come...

    I was really expecting the iPad 2 to come with some more port options like a mini display port, or a usb port to hook a camera directly up to it, or maybe a side dock port for accessories in landscape viewing... I am happy that they are trying to improve the display issues when out in the sun, and thinner is always better, but I hope there are more innovations when Apple actually announces the new iPad.
    jeremymadden@...
  • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

    This is interesting news. I was really considering getting a Xoom after I saw it at CES but it looks like Apple may have already prepared a good counter. Problem is that Xoom's price is going to kill it. With this new CPU and GPU the battle is on. This new CPU matches the Xoom?s processor and trumps the GPU. With the new screen likely to be matt it is better than the Xoom?s gloss but the 16/9 dimensions of the Xoom are far better than the 4/3 dimensions of the Ipad. Ipad 2 will also have LTE I am sure. That really puts the only superior features of the Xoom at microSD card slot, USB support, and Flash support. With the Ipad 2 scheduled to be 1/3 thinner and most likely a little lighter than the Xoom I am really beginning to have Xoom worries. That is one counter to the three missing key features. Now, all three of these features are important to me but if Motorola doesn?t price the Xoom a little better I may just finally become an Apple fan after 30 years in the Commodore, Amiga, IBM, Windows, Android court. Truely a sad day.
    BDA123
    • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

      @BDA123 16:9 is only better for watching movies. 4:3 is a much better fit for the iPad, considering that it also plays iPhone apps (which are in 3:2 format) and doubles as an ebook reader (paper is generally close to 4:3).

      Then again though, I'm still using a Dell P991 (or a rebranded Sony FD Trinitron) as a monitor, so 4:3 doesn't bother me.
      nix_hed
  • The camera needs to be better

    I have 3 Apple products in mind for 2011. The iPad2 was in competition with the iPhone5, but the projected camera on the iPad2 turns me off. I have had too many times when I've used the camera on my 3GS to want a touch level camera. So I'll go with the iPhone5 unless these rumors are true.

    My preference would be to see the iPad to match the iPhone in the camera, with the iPod being one generation behind at the most. Apple's economies of scale would be pretty dramatic.

    (The next generation iMac was also on my list for 2011, but it looks like Intel is delaying that release with the Sandy Bridge problem.)
    Ken_z
  • Of course there's no expansion slot

    Want more memory? Too bad, buy a bigger model, for 10x the price of what you would pay for an SD card. Gotta love Apple, proprietary masters of the world! :)

    iPad 2. No thanks.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Rumors: iPad 2 getting thinner, antiglare screen, no SD slot

      @Cylon Centurion 0005

      That is what one of my major turn off of the iPad was. I know you can get an proprietary adapter to transfer pictures in but not what I was looking for. Got a nice Archos101 for about $300 and it does what I need it to do and was cheaper. Maybe missing out on a few iOS exclusive apps but nothing that I can that I miss when comparing the Android Apps to what is available on my iPhone.
      bobiroc
      • I have an Archos too

        @bobiroc

        A 605 WiFi. I was never able to get it to do anything really useful. Maybe I should pull it out and try again.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Re: I have an Archos too

        @Cylon Centurion 0005

        I guess it depends on your needs. I just needed something to get my email on, run a few apps that I could use to SSH or connect to my network equipment. Also a Remote Desktop App and a few other utilities and games. I like the SD Card because I frequently bring it to family functions where I am always volunteered as the photographer and it is nice to pass around a device I can simply put a memory card in to display the photos for those that are asking to see.
        bobiroc