March 2, 2011

Apple Event March 2nd 1 pm EST and 10 am PST!

Today, Apple will take to the stage and reportedly talk about the new iPad 2, the follow-up to the wildly popular iPad. Rumors have been swirling for quite some time about what the iPad 2 will offer. Furthermore, speculation abounds over whether the tablet will be able to live up to the success its predecessor continues to enjoy.

Either way, the Mar. 2 event is sure to feature other big announcements besides the iPad 2. Although the iPad 2 will likely be the focus of the event, it’s quite possible that Apple will touch on other important aspects of its business, including its mobile operating system and the status of its CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently on a medical leave of absence.

By all measure, the iPad 2 event will have several major announcements. Read on to find out what they will likely be.

1. A slimmer iPad 2

It would only make sense for Apple to show off a slimmer iPad 2 at its event March 2. Numerous reports have surfaced saying the company is trying to make its tablet a bit more mobile. One of the best ways to do that is to reduce the bulkiness of the tablet a bit to make it even easier to carry around. A slimmer iPad 2 isn’t all that flashy, but most consumers would probably like to see it.

2. Dual cameras

One of the key drawbacks with the iPad is that it lacks dual cameras. So users can’t snap pictures or engage in video chatting with others. However, its competition, including the Motorola Xoom, which launched last week, does come with two cameras. If Apple wants to be on the same level as the competition—and it should—it must offer dual cameras in the iPad 2.

3. An upgrade to 4G

The Motorola Xoom launched with the ability to connect to Verizon’s 3G network. In addition, the tablet will receive a free upgrade in the near future, allowing customers to connect to Verizon’s 4G network, as well. Although Apple doesn’t support 4G with its Verizon iPhone, it’s quite possible that the company will offer an upgrade to 4G with the iPad 2 just as Motorola did with its Xoom.

4. Price Drop

2011 has been referred to as the year of the tablet. as mentioned above the Motorola Xoom has been released, last year the Samsung Galaxy Tab was released and many others will be released this year like the Blackberry Playbook. With that said this means competition! This is great for the consumer because Apple needs to compete for their customers. So I wouldn't be surprised if the iPad gets cheaper or Apple enhances the features immensely. If Apple blows out the competition this year they will dominate the market share for years to come!


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