Tempted by awesome end-year sales, did you pick up an iPad for what you thought was a bargain? We hate to break it, but the iPad 2 is probably going to be more swagged out than its predecessor in every single way. Here’s a quick round-up of the most pressing rumors regarding the iPad 2’s design and functionality.
SD card slot again?
Rumors that the iPad 2 will borrow some thinking from the iMac and MacBooks and adopt an SD card slot for storage expansion have come and gone, but now they’re back with a vengeance, thanks to some new ”leaked” iPad 2 protective cases from Chinese manufacturers.
Screen at four times the current resolution?
This is the hottest rumor that’s popped up. Hidden in files within a developer release of a future version of iOS that’ll go into the iPhone and iPad are a number of graphics files that suggest the iPad 2 will have four times as many pixels on its display than currently. This means it’ll have a 2048 by 1536 pixel screen.
Finally there’s one hint from a parts supplier that the iPad 2 will gain a vibromotor for haptic feedback, like its iPhone cousin. Not big news, and certainly a plausible evolutionary step, but app designers will certainly pay attention to it.
A couple hours after we teased Macworld Expo for its Groupon promotion yesterday, the PR team for the show came calling with their side of the story.
Paul Kent, a vice president with IDG World Expo — the company that throws the annual event — insists the promotion was a success, not an indication of lackluster attendance.
“It’s been two years since Apple has been gone from the show. We’ve been plying the strategy since that as opposed to the show being a launch platform for Apple products, now it’s a fan-fest for people,” Kent told CNNMoney.
The Groupon promotion netted the show an additional 2,000 tickets, he said. Despite no participation from Apple, organizers expect roughly 25,000 attendees for this year’s show. In 2009, the last year Apple attended, 26,000 Apple loyalists turned out.
Groupon is Macworld’s only planned social media promotion this year. And regardless of the success, Kent said the company has no plans to run the promotion again this year. (Though we’ll note that it ran it last year as well.)
Still, Kent did admit that if Apple were still involved, “It would certainly be easier.” -Mason