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Apple To Announce iPad 2 In The Next 3-4 Weeks?

Digg founder, Kevin Rose claims that he has received information from a reliable source that Apple will announce the next generation iPad in the next 3-4 weeks, possibly February 1st.

Kevin Rose writes on his blog:

I have it on good authority that Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next “3-4 weeks”, possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras.

He later updated the post to clarify that another source has indicated that while the display on iPad 2 will be of higher resolution than on the current generation iPad, it will not be retina display like iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G. There could be two reasons preventing the introduction of retina display in the second generation iPad:

  1. Price for such a large retina display could be prohibitive as in the case of iPhone 4, the retina display is the single most expensive component.
  2. A larger retina display required for an iPad would need 2560 x 1920 = 4,915,200 pixels to match the clarity of iPhone 4, which is not possible to render with the technology available currently.

Kevin Rose has a patchy track record when it comes to Apple rumors. Apple had launched the first generation iPad in early April 2009 and started taking pre-orders in early March. With Verizon most likely planning to announce Apple’s iPhone on its network on January 11th and release it in early February, it seems unlikely that Apple will release the second generation iPad at the same time but until things are not official, its all speculation at this stage.

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