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iPad 2 may be available almost immediately

updated 07:45 pm EST, Fri February 25, 2011

Next iPad may ship immediately after March 2

Apple may surprise the industry at its March 2 event by shipping the next iPad quickly afterwards, sources said Friday night. Most have assumed the new tablet would ship in late March or April, but the company is reportedly coordinating several divisions in a way indicative of a fully shipping product, not just an announcement. AppleInsider's contacts believed that "at least one version" of the new iPad could be shipping that week, even as Apple executives stood on stage.

The immediacy would be a stark contrast with the original iPad's over two-month interval and Apple's typical practices for iPhone launches, which often take place two to three weeks after the announcement. It may have a much quicker turnaround simply because of the iPad's independence from carriers. Unlike an iPhone, which needs to be coordinated with local networks and their own retailers, an iPad just has to be shipped directly in Wi-Fi form.

Any delays might have to come for 3G versions for HSPA and EVDO, although at least the HSPA version should be unlocked and won't be tied to a specific network.

Many of the details of the future iPad have been leaked, either through cases, firmware, or unofficial sources. The unofficial consensus points to a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB of faster RAM, front and back cameras and a slimmer, lighter build. Most now don't expect an SD card slot or Mini DisplayPort, but outside rumors have raised the possibility of a carbon fiber shell that would make it much lighter than any other similarly sized tablet.

Storage, prices and other final details aren't known, but Apple is expected to cling to its $499 minimum price and may keep capacities the same if necessary.


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  1. Foe Hammer

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    Note To Wannabe Tablets

    If you're going to be the first one to ship a major new device, you can announce it several months in advance of shipment. But after that, even they have to have something to ship fairly quickly.

  1. iphonerulez

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    +6

    Those wannabe tablet vendors ran into

    a component shortage buzzsaw. How can a dozen companies get hold of enough display components when Apple has already grabbed 60% of the world's supply? The rival tablet vendors might have started out with good intentions to ship early, but got held up in production. It'll be nice to see Apple's iPad 2 get out before most of the first generation Android tablets do. The Droidtard fanbois clearly do not understand what it takes to turn one-off prototype devices into retail products. They must think there's some magic wand that's waved or something. Procuring components at the right price and right amount just isn't all that easy. Especially when you're going up against a company that has nearly more reserve cash than most companies have in total market cap. Apple had likely procured most components six months ahead of rival tablet vendors.

  1. charlituna

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    most likely

    They will announce the new ipad and the wifi will ship in a week or two. But the 3g may have to go through the FCC and that will take an easy month. Stevie boy doesn't like other folks announcing his stuff so he'd want to speak up before the publicly accessible FCC applications could reveal all.

  1. MyRightEye

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    It has Thunderbolt

    Trust me.

  1. ggirton

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    Thunderbolt

    why would it need Thunderbolt? Does filling up the tablet take a lot of time? I would like very much for it to have Tbolt but don't see that as a necessity until the hidef iPhone 3

  1. gor3don

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    thunderbolt

    can you say "sarcasm"?

  1. samirsshah

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    I found

    Xoom and Honeycomb much better than I thought. May Apple found that out too and are obviously felling the heat.

  1. dshan

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    Of Course iPad 2 Will Ship Immediately

    Like any other Apple product the iPad 2 will be available almost immediately it is announced, because the instant it's announced sales of the old model stop dead. They can only announce months ahead of shipping when it's the first gen of a whole new product category (e.g. the first iPhone and first iPad) after that it's like the next gen model of any other product - iPad 2 has to be available asap or they'll lose too much money in the interim.

  1. WaltFrench

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    Why wait?

    The iPad2 is going to ship quickly? To see how obvious this is, consider the alternative:

    Thursday, March 2: Apple introduces its new iPad2. Cameras. Featuring the A9 CPU—twice as fast for some things, 3X for intense gaming; twice the memory and iOS 4.3 that includes automatic tint control. This product clearly trumps the iPad, which has been on a record-setting pace since its introduction, and will be available sometime in the third quarter.

    So naturally, those of us who've been saving our money for an iPad will wait for an iPad2. Sales will plummet. Some will decide the Playbook, even without Flash, largescreen-optimized apps or media store, is at least available.

    When Apple intro'd the iPad, just as when BlackBerry intro'd the Playbook, and HP intro'd the TouchPad and Moto intro'd the Xoom, they had NOTHING TO LOSE by pre-announcing, and lots to gain in terms of getting developers on board, consumer excitement, etc. For iPad2, they have EVERYTHING TO LOSE and NOTHING TO GAIN by pre-announcing.

    Ergo, ordinary logic (yeah, with Apple you never know) demands availability within a week or two, worst case.

  1. WaltFrench

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    Why Some People Want Tablets = ???

    @samirsshah wrote, "Xoom and Honeycomb much better than I thought..."

    You, sir, are obviously very easily satisfied; a man of extremely low expectations.

    Xoom comes out as a "better browsing machine" without the Flash that supposedly makes it better. A widescreen for "better" viewing of movies but no convenient way to get them on the device, and largescreen-optimized apps that you can count on the thumbs of your left foot, and that's "much better than you thought."

    Guess you must like just playing with the Honeycomb buttons. Whatever floats your boat.

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