So, Apple has sent a press invitation to all the major media sources. This special event will be held on March 2, 2011 in San Francisco. Most people think that the iPad 2 will be the main talk of this event. People are also interested to know if Steve Jobs, who’s been on medical leave, will make an appearance.
Apple was the first to mass market a consumer tablet of this nature with the release of the iPad early 2010. Apple has sold more than 15 million iPads so far. From the start people criticized the iPad for a few reason. The fact that AT&T was your only option for “internet anywhere” was one of the main reasons some people didn’t like the iPad. With iPhone 4 being available through Verizon now I think this issue have been remedied.
Some of the things people disagreed with in the design of the iPad were the fact that there was no camera built in. Now that Apple has developed FaceTime for the iOS I think it would be a great idea for them to implement a camera, if not two cameras, into the hardware of a new iPad. Hardware-wise, if there were different sizes of iPad that accommodate people who like a slightly smaller version. There is speculation that the new iPad 2 will be thinner and lighter which is nice but not necessarily a big benefit considering that the current iPad is 0.5 inch thick and 1.6 pounds.
Being in the electronics industry myself for quite some time and also having demonstrated the iPad hundreds of time to potential customer, there are two major things people didn’t like about the iPad. First, not having flash player support was a deal breaker for many of my previous clients. I hope with the release of a new iPad 2 that the iOS has new support for Flash player. Secondly, many people look at the iPad as a very portable version of a laptop but, when they find out that it doesn’t have a USB port that leads them to believe that it’s going to be difficult for them to connect peripherals to the unit. The addition of a USB port would be huge!
Now, we just have to wait and see.