iPad 2 Rumors Roundup: The Story So Far

As we sink slowly into the start of 2011, technology from Apple seems to be a hive of activity. Earlier on this month, we were already able to tick off two key events, the CES 2011 which introduced us to a wide range of new ideas from various manufacturers and secondly Verizon’s highly anticipated iPhone announcement.

One of the major contributors to our excitement are the rumors surrounding Apple’s iPad 2. After CES Apple needed to step up its gain in the tablet market, with so many joining the pack such as BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and so on. Way back in September of last year, speculation started to fly around regarding the iPad successor, here at OSM we thought we would touch on a few rumors to grace our pages.

Initially towards the end of last year, there were talks mainly about internal additions to Apple’s next-gen tablet, one of which was the possibility of change of suppliers from Foxconn to Qualcomm and their introduction of baseband chips, but it was thought that Qualcomm would not be able to keep up with customer demand.

Following on from this, came rumors of the iPad condensing in size to 7-inches, this was categorically dismissed by Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, stating that they had no intention of reducing the iPad’s size. With other various speculation batting around as to internal features of the iPad 2, other reports started to surface about the device’s external features.

A piece of leaked information stated that a manufacturing company had been issued requests to produce between 400,000 – 600,000 cases, this gave us an insight into possible release dates. Following on from this casings news, we learnt that Apple had ideas on making the iPad 2 lighter than its predecessor and also led us to further reports of external speaker grilles, front and rear cameras and USB port. Just before and at CES, we reported on mockup versions that had been spotted at the event.

Rounding up our rundown of the sample of iPad 2 rumors, most recent talk has been centered around release dates and the additions of an A5 chip, new component mystery and other internal specifications.

Why not take a browse through our previous posts, and let us know which of the rumored features you would like to see? We found it interesting to read back on old news and on reflection, what if any, seemed to be likely?