NEW DELHI: It’s the launch of the decade. And it’s happening in London on March 2, 2011. At around 6:00pm local London time on that day, the world will get to see the successor to the fastest selling gadget of all times-Apple’s iPad.
After selling a record 15 million units of iPad in less than a year, Apple is unveiling iPad 2. Like all things Apple, the details of the iPad 2 are a closely guarded secret. But a few tweaks are near certain: it will have a faster processor (the current iPad has 1Ghz single core processor), capability to render better graphics, a higher resolution display (probably 1280 x 800 pixels) and dual cameras; a rear camera for HD video recording and a front-facing camera for FaceTime – Apple’s term for video conferencing. There could be another surprise ‘killer’ feature that’s beyond the realms of intelligent guessing.
The iPad 2’s sooner than expected launch can be attributed to one important fact-Motorola’s first tablet Xoom went on sale in the US this week. According to Walt Mossberg, the Wall Street Journal’s tech guru, Xoom is the first real challenger to iPad, although he admits that it makes sense to wait and see what Apple has in store with the iPad 2 before making a buying decision.
To be clear, Apple’s official invite for March 2 doesn’t specifically mention an iPad 2 launch. Almost every tech-pundit and ‘Apple watcher’ has confirmed that the iPad 2 is what we’ll get to see next week. Apple could spring a double surprise on us and launch the iPhone 5 as well.
Following the raging success of iPad, every electronics and telecom major has jumped on to the tablet bandwagon with some very impressive hardware. The pressure was building on Apple to deliver a knockout punch again. Samsung has already launched the second version of its tablet Galaxy Tab, the first version of which was launched after the iPad.