iPad 2 Event March 2: What to Expect

It will run on AT&T and Verizon

This rumor is kind of weak -- there's only one report from Digitimes -- but bear with me. According to the trade publication, Apple is working on both GSM- and CDMA-enabled versions of the iPad 2. The GSM versions will work on the current carrier AT&T (and, theoretically, on other GSM networks such as T-Mobile), while the CDMA versions will work on Verizon (and, theoretically, Sprint). It's also possible that the iPad 2 will have a triple-mode wireless chip that will allow it to work on both networks.

Currently, the only non-AT&T option for the iPad is Verizon's iPad/MiFi bundle.

My take: If there's a CDMA version of the iPad coming at us, it will be Verizon-specific.

It will be sexier

At least, I hope it will be. In January, iLounge showed us some pictures of what appears to be the shell of an iPad 2 spotted at CES 2011. The pictures show a slightly smaller, slightly thinner iPad with the words "iPad 2" and "128GB" on the back. Well, the fact that it says "iPad 2" on the back should be a pretty big hint that it's not a real iPad 2 (and it wasn't, it was a "realistic mockup"), but the iPad 2 is supposed to be slimmer, sexier, and have more storage.

The iPad 2 mockup. (Courtesy of iLounge)

Aside from a dual-core video chip, it's been hinted that the iPad will feature a multiple-core ARM Cortex A9 processor. Rumors also suggest that the iPad will have louder, wide-range speakers (remember, the purported "iPad 2 cases" do feature what looks like a cutout for a large speaker on the lower left corner).

My take: Apple's new iPad will be sexier than its predecessor, but this had better not up the price. With Motorola's $800 Xoom (which has a dual-core processor, two cameras, and an HD display) dropping soon, a $499 starting price will no doubt keep Apple way ahead in the tablet race.

It will be here on March 2

Oh, right, did I mention that? Tune in on March 2, when Apple will definitely be unveiling the iPad 2 (along with some other things, perhaps).

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