iPad 2 release date set for March, 5 million units of iPad 2 to be 3G and not 4G as many of us were expecting. Besides it will be without retina display.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities has come out with a worthy report about iPad 2. It contains specs of the tablet and also mentions that Foxconn will be the only manufacturer of iPad 2. The report also mentions a possible availability of 4.5 to 5 million units in the first quarter of this year. It will be launched by late March or early April.
These are impressive numbers. Lets get on to the specs.
The report states about the display, “The improvement of iPad 2 display focuses on thickness and anti-reflection, not resolution. iPad 2 display module is 30~35% thinner than iPad 1 and it’s helpful for better form factor.
“Thanks to anti-reflection, iPad 2 could have better sunlight readable experience and it’s helpful for Apple to compete with Amazon’s fast growing Kindle business.
“The most important reason why iPad 2 won’t have retinal display is yield rate of panel making. At this point, making high resolution and bright IPS/FFS panel is not easy and the production volume and cost couldn’t meet Apple’s requirements.”
About the better and faster performance expectation, the report mentioned, “iPad 2 will use [ARM] Cortex-A9 dual core processor running at 1.2GHz. Increasing 1~2% single core processor clock results in a 3~5% power increase and dual core could get a better balance between computing power and power consumption. That’s the reason why Apple will use dual core for iPad 2.”
It also talked about the details of the cameras, stating, “iPad 2 adds one new CDMA model and it could bring more market share to Apple. Project IDs of Wi-Fi, GSM and CDMA iPad 2 models are different. GSM iPad will use Infineon chip and CDMA iPad will use Qualcomm chip. More suppliers could reduce the risk of component shortage.
“There are more and more photo and video editing applications for iPad in App Store. The SD slot could let users easily transfer photo and video files made by DSC and DV to iPad and edit them.”
However, it failed to confirm the presence of a card slot.
- 60% Of Initial iPad 2 Shipments To Be 3G Models (macstories.net)
- iPad 2 uses 1.2GHz dual-core, 30-35% slimmer display, tips analyst (slashgear.com)