We've covered the various iPad 2 rumors, leaks and predictions for months now, carefully gathering what seemed to be the best, most interesting and perhaps most convincing facts into one place for you. Now it's iPad 2 day, time for Apple's team (which may or may not include a "guest" appearance by Steve Jobs) to strut on stage and reveal all to the world.
So we've built a scorecard for you, summarizing before the event those rumors we think will turn up as fact. We'll update it later, checking off how accurate the predictions were.
Category Prediction True/False?
|Chassis:||Thinner, lighter, smaller, aluminum body||TRUE!|
|Shape:||Flatter than the iPad 1||TRUE!|
|Colors:||White and black glass front options, aluminum back||TRUE!|
|Screen||9.7-inch IPS unit, thinner, same 1024 by 768 pixels||TRUE!|
|Bezel||Narrower all around, to combat the critics||TRUE!|
|Chip:||ARM Cortex A9, Dual Core 1.2 GHz||Unclear, but 1GHz|
|Front camera:||2-megapixel "HD" webcam, Photo Booth, FaceTime||False, it's VGA|
|Rear camera:||3-megapixel (possibly 3.2) for imaging. No flash||Unclear. No flash|
|Video recording:||720p HD resolution on rear cam||TRUE!|
|Speakers:||Enlarged speaker port, lower corner of chassis||TRUE!|
|Device storage:||Boosted to 512MB, to match iPhone 4||Unknown|
|Internal storage:||User storage space stays at 16GB, 32GB, 64GB||TRUE!|
|SD card slot:||Nope!||TRUE!|
|30-pin iPod socket:||Yes, as with every iDevice||TRUE! No microUSB here|
|Thunderbolt:||Yes: maximize the new protocol, connect to HDTVs||False, but HDMI-out|
|iOS5 previewed:||Yes, a small tease, due Summer||False, just iOS4.3|
|Cloud MobileMe:||Yes, a big reveal, also has Mac powers||False, sadly|
|Arrival date:||Within March||TRUE!|
|Price:||This is the biggie… at or below existing (starting at $499)||TRUE!|
Apple's notoriously tricky to predict at the best of times--with the recent MacBook Pro refresh, which didn't live up to most people's expectations, as a classic example. How well do you think we'll do?
Update: The answer to that question is pretty well! We're sad about the lack of Thunderbolt, and the missing MobileMe update is a shame, but everything else we mis-guessed is pretty understandable.
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