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Just hours before Apple is set to announce its second-generation iPad, new images representing the anticipated design of the device, complete with a flatter back and larger speaker grille, have surfaced online.

The high-quality mockup from DGtle.com could offer users an idea of what the new iPad will look like only hours before the official unveiling at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif. The device, also listed on eBay as a "dummy," is shown with a new thinner design, as well as an anticipated larger speaker on the second-generation device.

The mockup also includes the anticipated addition of two cameras to the iPad for FaceTime video chat and augmented reality applications. And the new iPad is also shown with a flatter back, allowing the device to sit flat on a table, unlike with the slightly curved design of the first-generation device.

Though the mockup uses a white space for the integrated 3G antenna, the report notes that, like with the current iPad, the strip along the top will be black for the final shipping product. The headphone jack and power button are also shown as part of an "inclined plane" across the top of the device.

On the left side of the device when facing forward is a SIM card slot. AppleInsider first reported in January that the space on the new iPad design would be used for a SIM card on the left side.

Interestingly, the mockup does not include a space on top for a Mini DisplayPort-size connector. Some third-party cases suggested that another port could be added to the top of the new iPad, and last week's release of new MacBook Pros with a high-speed Thunderbolt port in the shape of Mini DisplayPort fueled rumors that the new iPad will feature support for the new connector.

From the front, both the first-generation iPad and the mockup of the anticipated model show the same screen size and look largely the same, with the exception of a new FaceTime camera located above the 9.7-inch display. Apple is set to officially unveil the real iPad 2 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, and AppleInsider will have full live coverage.









post #2 of 46
LOL, I had been waiting all morning for "last minute" leaks/reveals



The side-by-side is quite the shot!!
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LOL, I had been waiting all morning for "last minute" leaks/reveals



The side-by-side is quite the shot!!

I saw these last night.
post #4 of 46
That's one very convincing "mockup".
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post #5 of 46
Really, I reckon its a little over an hour and a half now...
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Really, I reckon its a little over an hour and a half now...

anybody know if there will be a live video stream?
post #7 of 46
I say this is wrong. The speaker bit, whilst marginally less ugly than the George Forman Grill one in previous pics, is tooo ugly, and having only 1 for mono sound is not going to happen. Not long to find out tho.
post #8 of 46
Nice hardware. Gonna sell well... but not to me, unless they've gone all in w/ a higher res screen and added much needed functionalities to the OS like real notifications.



LoL at the Moto Xoom ads on the front page. Nice touch, AI
post #9 of 46
Last minute guess : Sandy Bridge 2.2ghz i7 4gb ram, 30 hours battery life, 10 inch retina display. Uses a piece of Steve Jobs liver in it's battery chemistry.

(prepping for ipad 2 is what has sent his health on a downturn).
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... Though the mockup uses a white space for the integrated 3G antenna, the report notes that, like with the current iPad, the strip along the top will be black for the final shipping product. ...

Unless it's not made out of aluminium, then it won't need the strip at all. This should really have been phrased as an assumption on their part.

I'm still betting on carbon fibre, and at least three colours (black white and grey). Carbon fibre would solve the problem of the original iPad's weight without cutting back on battery (in fact it would allow them to use a bigger battery), and fix the problem of being unable to use it in cold environments as well.

If it's *possible* to make it our of carbon fibre and still make it stiff and durable, it's a no brainer that they would do so IMO. The only question is whether those patents they have on new carbon fibre processes actually work.
post #11 of 46
ugh, that speaker grill is hideous.
post #12 of 46
See as Thunderbolt is currently non-optical - could there be a 30 pin upgrade to make a 30 pin to Thunderbolt cable?
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See as Thunderbolt is currently non-optical - could there be a 30 pin upgrade to make a 30 pin to Thunderbolt cable?

I think yes.
post #14 of 46
Looks nice, though if this new version doesn't include a bump to 128gb, and a built-in SDHC/XD card reader (for easy photo transfers), I'll be skipping this generation.

Also , this whole 'thinness' thing has truly reached the point of diminishing returns, and the sloped dock-port doesn't allow the actual connector to sit flush with the device, which I find a bit disconcerting (as I do on my iPod Touch/64gb).
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I saw these last night.

You win, Sir Nerdlington!
post #16 of 46
This event isn't just about the iPad 2, as far as I understand. Maybe there's a massive upgrade to MobileMe to be unleashed today as well.

For me, the iPad is 10 x more useful with Dropbox. Many people who have iPads that I've seen rave about the way they use DB in conjunction with their iPad. Apple can't be too stoked about this. They really should have a killer cloud service that works magically with their own iPad.

New iPad services and maybe a price reduction would put serious pressure on the wannabes until Apple can coast into the iPad 3 upgrade later this year (if rumor holds).

I hope it has 2 cameras. I don't think the SD slot will be there, but then again, I didn't think they'd put them on their iMacs and Laptops either.
post #17 of 46
Was it really so necessary to publish these pictures so close to the official unveiling? Seems kind of desperate to me. The launch is just a few hundred minutes away FFS.
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Last minute guess : Sandy Bridge 2.2ghz i7 4gb ram, 30 hours battery life, 10 inch retina display. Uses a piece of Steve Jobs liver in it's battery chemistry.

(prepping for ipad 2 is what has sent his health on a downturn).

Bad taste. \
post #19 of 46
I don't know - that's a pretty convincing mockup. Looks like the real thing to me. Whatever the thing looks like we're gonna be giving one away soon on bigsho.com. I hope the iPad2 is as good as it sounds like it'll be.
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this whole 'thinness' thing has truly reached the point of diminishing returns, and the sloped dock-port doesn't allow the actual connector to sit flush with the device, which I find a bit disconcerting (as I do on my iPod Touch/64gb).

That's the first thing I noticed when seeing the mock pictures. You're right about the sloping 30-pin connector. It made it quite a hassle to hook my iPod Touch to my Zeppelin speakers. Sometimes I just use the headphone jack so I don't have to bend down, analyze the location and angle and make several attempts to get the angle just right before it slides in.

PITA...let's hope someone at Apple made sure this isn't the case with the thinner iPad.
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I am at the airport flying from Chicago to Detroit and just saw a iPad 2 prototype .. Being used by a couple who owns and trades apple stock (I know coz we talked puts and calls and I know what I am trading next...) for all the fellow apple geeks ... The feeling of being able to see a apple gadget prior to it's world launch is ecstatic !!!*
The iPad two is the same size as before feels and looks about the same size and has a front camera only ( no rare camera, no USB inlet ... No SD card slot ) ...*

Can't tell if the processor is faster but I can tell you that I am getting it !!!*
post #22 of 46
The Apple Store has been down for a while, so it seems like a pretty good chance that they will be announcing immediate (or a few days, at most) availability of a new iPad.
post #23 of 46
Didn't they live stream the ipod event?

Has anyone heard anything about this one? I'd like to see it.
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I am at the airport flying from Chicago to Detroit and just saw a iPad 2 prototype .. Being used by a couple who owns and trades apple stock (I know coz we talked puts and calls and I know what I am trading next...) for all the fellow apple geeks ... The feeling of being able to see a apple gadget prior to it's world launch is ecstatic !!!*
The iPad two is the same size as before feels and looks about the same size and has a front camera only ( no rare camera, no USB inlet ... No SD card slot ) ...*

Can't tell if the processor is faster but I can tell you that I am getting it !!!*

Oh, I didn't realize Apple was giving out advance hardware to shareholders now.
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I'm still betting on carbon fibre, and at least three colours (black white and grey). Carbon fibre would solve the problem of the original iPad's weight without cutting back on battery (in fact it would allow them to use a bigger battery), and fix the problem of being unable to use it in cold environments as well.

Nope. Carbon fibre [fiber] is not likely. It would not save any weight as it would be thicker than aluminum to offer the same strength. There was already enough room for battery.

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post #26 of 46
I'm a shareholder, and saw a lady using an iPad 2 at the laundromat yesterday.
post #27 of 46
Looks cheap and made of dollar store toy plastic.
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Oh, I didn't realize Apple was giving out advance hardware to shareholders now.

I have to agree with you here. At the risk of sounding too negative, I find it very hard to believe this guy is telling the truth.
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post #29 of 46
Risky business. You know that Apple gives out invalid mockups like candy and then watches for them to hit the net. Great way to plug leaks.
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I am at the airport flying from Chicago to Detroit and just saw a iPad 2 prototype .. Being used by a couple who owns and trades apple stock (I know coz we talked puts and calls and I know what I am trading next...) for all the fellow apple geeks ... The feeling of being able to see a apple gadget prior to it's world launch is ecstatic !!!*
The iPad two is the same size as before feels and looks about the same size and has a front camera only ( no rare camera, no USB inlet ... No SD card slot ) ...*

Can't tell if the processor is faster but I can tell you that I am getting it !!!*

Total BS. Good try though.
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Nope. Carbon fibre [fiber] is not likely. It would not save any weight as it would be thicker than aluminum to offer the same strength. There was already enough room for battery.

I may be right and I may be wrong, but it's incorrect to say that carbon fibre is the same weight for thickness (or greater as you assert) as aluminium.
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Risky business. You know that Apple gives out invalid mockups like candy and then watches for them to hit the net. Great way to plug leaks.

Yeah, because there are a lot of examples of that. I don't think they do. It's very rare anyway.
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post #33 of 46
I know this is only supposed to be a mockup to it may be nothing but...thats a male connector at the base of the iPad, not a female connector...

Like I say, maybe it's just cause it's a mockup. Still makes me suspicious though. Who cares, it's announced in 33 minutes!!

Oh, and I saw someone using an iPad2 in Gotham City last week...
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I may be right and I may be wrong, but it's incorrect to say that carbon fibre is the same weight for thickness (or greater as you assert) as aluminium.

Any, as in effectively impossible to notice without a gram scale. Carbon needs to be a minimum 3-4 millimeters thick before it has useful rigidity. That is why I believe it is an unsuitable material for this application. Aluminum, as demonstrated in the MacBook design can be milled to a fraction of a mm with great precision. That type of super thin engineering is not currently possible with carbon fiber.

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post #35 of 46
This screams cheap cheap cheap. Very un-Apple like.
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post #36 of 46
The pics weren't taken in an elevator, so I doubt their authenticity.

Less than 20 minutes to go...

 

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post #37 of 46
"Live from Verizon's iPhone event"
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You win, Sir Nerdlington!

Rumors get old fast when there's an Ipad launch less than a day away.
post #39 of 46
Looks like one edge is raised up above the other, maybe a piece of cloth placed underneath to avoid damage? its almost time!
post #40 of 46
I am betting fake, mainly because of the size of the speaker holes. On the Macbooks, the holes are very small, so small that water would not enter.
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