iPad 2 launching in a few hours

By on March 2, 2011
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What will Apple reveal tonight?

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog the day after the original iPad was revealed. Like many others, I was disappointed by what Steve Jobs showed us but what a difference a year makes. The iPad grew from a below-the-expectations device to the most successful computer of last year. And tonight, the successor to the iPad will be revealed.

Sadly, the excitement levels prior to the unveiling of iPad 2 are nowhere close to what they were a few hours before the launch of the original iPad. Maybe that because we have learnt from Apple’s “take it slow” tradition when doing follow-ups to original devices. I am not expecting anything revolutionary tonight- at least not in terms of hardware. All signs and leaks on the web point to a slightly slimmer design and an addition of a camera or two. Apple will, no doubt, double the memory from 256MB to 512MB bringing it on par with the iPhone 4.

Other than that, I don’t really think that we will see anything substantial as far as hardware is concerned. Sure, the screen might be of better quality but will probably sport the same 1024×768 resolution. It’s too soon for Apple to switch resolutions even though all of the competing Honeycomb tablets offer a 1280×800 screen.

Where I am expecting to see noticeable improvements are on the software side. We already have reports that iOS 4.3 has gone gold which will showcase some of the interesting additions to iOS such as the Mobile Hotspot. However, it would be a treat is Apple unveils information on iOS5. Those multi-finger gestures that were present in the developer builds were certainly pretty awesome. And with OS X Lion featuring somewhat similar gestures, I have no reason to believe that they will not become a part of iOS.

So stay tuned to find out what happens tonight. Unlike last year when I bashed the iPad and yet concluded by saying that I’ll probably buy one (which I did), things are very different this year. With Honeycomb, PlayBook and WebOS based tablets, there are plenty of seemingly good alternatives to chose from. Whether they will be good enough to replace the iPad depends a lot on tonight’s announcement. Stay tuned to see if I’ll be repeating the title of my blog of last year- iDisappointed in the iPad.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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