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Rumor War: Apple iPad 2 Vs iPad 3

We started to hear hoax news on iPad 2 from the mid of 2010. All these days we came across several specifications and features for iPad 2. And finally, Wall Street Journal came with a report that iPad 2 is in production stage. According to them, Apple is preparing a faster, thinner and lighter iPad as the second generation.

But, on Thursday, Feb 10, Silicon Valley was busy with rumors on iPad 3. It spread like a wildfire on web, making it an hot topic on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Forget iPad 2; Here comes iPad 3 in Sep 2011

It’s all started after a post by John Gruber on his blog Daring Fireball. Gruber is considered as a well known Apple writer, whose most posts gave clues on Apple inside stories. In response to the launch of HP TouchPad tablet, Gruber wrote a post that hinted the arrival of iPad 3.

“Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they’re not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. And not only did they announce this with a distant ship date, they did it with no word on pricing.” said John Gruber.

Adding more spice, Gruber posted an update on Daring Fireball giving more hints about the specification and release date of Apple iPad 2 and iPad 3.

“An iPad 2, fairly soon. Say, a March announcement, shipping in the first week of April. Faster, more RAM, maybe more storage, thinner and lighter, a front-facing camera, Running iOS 4.3,” said John Gruber.

“iPad 3, shipping in September, announced at the annual iPod event. Running iOS 5.1, same as the next-generation iPod Touch,” Gruber added.

It’s only been a year since Apple introduced us to the versatile tablet, so why the rush to push out the iPad 3? The iPad has revolutionized the way we thinking about mobile computing and the next generation of devices is sure to expand those boundaries even farther. And it’s worth having a comparison look to see where we’ve been and where we are going.

iPad 2 VS iPad 3

It looks like Apple will be improving the iPad 2 in terms of size. The original could hardly be considered bulky, but it is expected the newest version will be thinner and lighter, made with a compound alloy metal frame. The screen might shrink to 7 inches down from its current 9.7 inches, but the new retina display should eliminate the glare problem. The device might also borrow something that’s popular with the iPhone 4 model, dual cameras. A front and rear facing camera setup would allow for the  use of FaceTime, a video chatting feature where you can talk with people. This is also important if Apple expects to grab a larger piece of the businesses market. The cameras make possible business video conferencing.

The iPad 2 is also rumored to have an SD card slot and USB port, making life simpler for those who want to connect the tablet directly to another electronic device. Uploading photos, movies and other things would be far easier than having to track down an iTunes compatible computer to sync programs. The only question that comes now is how easy it will be to transfer them over without the middleman, but something tells us that a new operating system could resolve that.

While the front and rear cameras aren’t guaranteed on the iPad 2, the third model of the iPad would almost certainly add the feature along with a three-axis gyroscope set-up similar to the iPhone 4 model. The original iPad currently does not have one despite its advanced movement technology.

Apple might very well be saving the best for the iPad 3 in an effort to assemble the most innovative technologies into a cohesive machine. It’s possible that the company may consider the technology and the form factor don’t really fit together right now. They are definitely going smaller while retaining the same high-definition options and retina support. However, getting smaller and adding certain functionalities might not be feasible at this point.

The company could also be considering HDMI compatibility with the iPad 3, perfect for hooking up the device to a television for movie viewing or other purposes. This would be an ideal business move for those showing off their created apps to would-be buyers or gamers looking to see what’s happening on a bigger screen.

Other improvements could be made as well. The iPad 3 could have an even stronger build than the iPad 2, with even less thickness and weight to it. However, most of the technological features would remain the same, outside of an improved operating system, and additional storage options and RAM.

According to Gruber, Apple will plan a Sep release than the Jan or Apr, eyeing the holiday market. So, what do you think? Will Apple launch two variations of iPads in a single year? Let us know through your comments.