Apple's iPad 2 now in production

Apple has started production of its iPad 2. At least, that's what the Wall Street Journal claims, with details of what's on-board the new device also confirmed by its sources.

The new iPad is said to be thinner and lighter than the first model, with at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing. However, those expecting a retina-like display, as you find on the current iPhone, will be left disappointed. The WSJ sources say that the resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad, due to technical problems with bringing the iPhone's screen tech to a bigger surface area. But on the plus side, the iPad 2 will have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor. All of which sounds like some kind of evolution, rather than revolution. After all, if the current formula is working for the company, it obviously doesn't want to move too far away from it.

The new iPad is expected to hit the shelves in the next couple of months at a similar price range as the current iPad, though exact details have yet to be confirmed.

Will it be enough to keep the competition at bay? That's the big question. There's no doubting that Apple's dominance of the tablet market will gradually be eroded by new devices, not least because there are so many of them being unveiled. For example, Dell this week confirmed a new 10-inch tablet that will run on Microsoft's Windows 7 platform, while HP is expected to show off its new webOS tablet this week.


Others are adding technology Apple doesn't yet support, such as support for high-speed high-speed 4G wireless networks in the US. So it's not all one-way traffic.

But for now, the iPad remains number one. Expect the iPad 2 to fly off the shelves when it lands in the spring, enhanced screen or not.

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