More iPad 2 Rumors

The debate about the features of the next generation iPad is heating up, and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from Concord Securities just released its own predictions about what the iPad 2 should look like. According to his “sources,” the device will not feature a ‘retina-grade’ display after all, but will feature instead a screen very similar to the one found in the first generation iPad. Improvements have been made though, as the screen is allegedly much thinner, to help reduce the overall thickness of the iPad 2. Moreover, Apple and its partners added a new anti-reflective coating to the display, to make the iPad 2 much more usable when used outside – a feature designed to help the iPad 2 better compete with eReaders such as the Kindle. The device will also offer a much faster processor, as the second generation iPad is slated to feature a new ‘A5’ dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. To put things in perspective, both iPhone 4 and first generation iPad use the Apple A4 processor, a chip that only offers a single core clocked at 1GHz, based on the older ARM Cortex-A8 architecture. The new processor will be very similar to the Tegra processor found in devices such as the Motorola Xoom, but should include advanced power saving tweaks designed to help Apple offer a more power-efficient tablet. The iPad 2 will also include an updated PowerVR graphics engine, the SGX543 from Imagination Technologies. Slight disappointment, the next-gen iPad’s cameras will be similar to the ones found in the fourth generation iPod touch, so the upcoming device will not be able to take 5-megapixel pictures like the iPhone 4. Instead, the back camera should offer a 1-megapixel resolution.