January 5, 2011, 3:29 pm Apple iPad 2 Rumors Circulate the Web
By NICK BILTON
Photograph via Engadget A mockup of the next-generation iPad in a new case, according to Engadget.
While almost every technology company in the world descends on Las Vegas this week for the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show
, one major tech company will be missing: Apple. But even in the absence of Steve Jobs and his iProducts, the technology giant’s intimidating presence will be felt in every corner of the event.
This can already be seen in the number of iPad 2 rumors circulating the Web leading up to C.E.S., which officially opens on Thursday.
Several weeks ago a Japanese blog, MacOtakara, citing anonymous sources, said the iPad 2
will look more like the current generation iPod Touch, with a slimmer form and a sleek, curved back. The blog also predicted that the new iPad will have a smaller bezel around the device’s edge and a better speaker system.
AppleInsider, the Mac enthusiast blog, also published earlier reports
that the next iPad would have a camera in the front and rear that would enable video chatting
On Wednesday Paul Miller, a writer for Engadget, offered some confirmation
for these predictions when he wrote about a new iPad case he saw at C.E.S. It contained a mockup of an iPad. He tried to put his own iPad inside the case, but it wouldn’t fit, he said. Instead, the makers of the case told him that “the case was designed for the next iPad.”
Mr. Miller said that based on what he saw in the case, the new device is smaller in size and weight than the original, and also sports the front and rear camera.
Indeed, the mockup that we found inside the case was a tad bit slimmer than the first-gen iPad, with a taper leading to the edges that reminds us of the iPod touch, and a home button positioned nearer the bottom edge.
Photo Via Engadget
The iPad 2 is expected to be much thinner than the current iPad.