The Journal report cites a lot of rumors that have been circulating for months. The iPad 2 will reportedly have a front-facing camera, a faster processor, more memory, better graphics capabilities and be thinner and lighter than the original. The report also says the iPad 2 will not have a significantly better display resolution and will not be compatible with 4G cellular networks such as Verizon’s LTE system.
Multiple Carriers For iPad 2?
The iPad 2’s 3G cellular access will reportedly be available at launch through Verizon and AT&T, and not T-Mobile and Sprint. Taking this rumor a little bit further, that suggests the iPad 2 could have a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chip capable of running on both AT&T’s and Verizon’s networks. Currently, the only way to get an iPad to run on Verizon is to pair it with a Mi-Fi mobile hotspot — a deal Verizon currently offers. But that is not a practical option to keep offering to users since having to remember to pack your Mi-Fi with your iPad every time you head out the door can be a bit cumbersome. Meaning there are only two choices for Apple: produce a CDMA-friendly iPad and the current GSM 3G model or make a single dual-mode “world tablet.” If that’s the case, and Apple is going with a dual-mode tablet, you have to wonder if a dual-mode iPhone is also in the works.