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Apple confirms iPad 2 event for March 2

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
News Categories: Apple, iPad

As expected, Apple has sent out invitations to select members of the media inviting them to a special event on March 2. The image accompanying the invitation features a mockup of iOS’s Calendar app set for the date of March 2, with a corner peeled back to reveal an image of the original iPad underneath, and the tagline “Come see what 2011 will be the year of.” Apple is expected to unveil the second-generation iPad at the event; the device itself is expected to feature a front-facing camera for FaceTime video calling, a larger speaker, and a thinner design, among other improvements. The event will be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco and will start at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

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1

Yay, now people can stop banging on about “how they can’t wait for the iPad 2” and Apple can get back to some real work and update the iMacs to SB and Thunderbolt to keep them ahead of the specs that are going into the new Macbooks/Pros

Posted by Andy in London, UK on February 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM (PDT)

2

Oh, indeed. Because I’m sure Apple sells far more iMacs and MacBooks than iPads.

*cough*

That said, I’m quite interested to see what makes it into the new iPad. I’m quite happy with my current one and feel no need to upgrade. Cameras hold no interest for me, since I have both a smartphone and a 4th gen iPod touch (not to mention a REAL digital camera) for that sort of thing, but I know many people who held off on the first iPad for that very thing. Especially a friend of mine who has relatives in Jordan and uses Skype for talking and video chats. Should be interesting…

Posted by Daniel S. on February 23, 2011 at 4:22 PM (PDT)

3

I skipped the iPad1.  This time I will go and get me the iPad2.  Hopefully It will have a few new factors on it :D

Posted by Dennis on February 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM (PDT)

4

I too held off from the first iPad. Initially, I didn’t see it as a viable tool outside of media consumption and some gaming. After spending some time with a family members iPad, I decided I could certainly use something that has become more versatile as apps have stepped in to add function to the nice form. But, by that point it was time to start looking ahead to this iPad 2. I was not about to jump in only to have buyers remorse 3-4 months later.

So I am ready to hit the “Add to Cart” button as soon as this is available. Even if it appears to only be marginally improved. Any improvement is just cake when you didn’t spring for the original last year.

Posted by Mitch on February 25, 2011 at 9:54 AM (PDT)

5

Now the real questions….when can WE buy it and how much will it cost?

Posted by Michelle on February 25, 2011 at 10:40 AM (PDT)

6

Adding Adobe Flash would be the biggest improvement. There are countless web sites that I cannot use. This is the single reason I tell friends they might not want an iPad.

Posted by drakebullet on February 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM (PDT)

7

I would only be interested in an iPad2 if it were to have the following features:

1) Ability to tether to an iPhone for network access
2) SD card port (for reading documents, working with pictures/video from a camera, etc.)
3) Front facing camera & microphone
4) Flash support

Anything less will make it significantly inferior to a laptop, IMO.

Posted by Vex on February 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM (PDT)

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I have an iPad 1. I like it. I use it. But I’m fed up with it’s ridiculous inability to view the entire web. It’s not about Flash or Java games—it’s about interactive charts, presentations, animations, videos, interfaces, etc. If iPad2 doesn’t support Flash, I’m going with an Android tablet.

Posted by Scott Hamlin on February 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM (PDT)

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Flash would be a reason _not_ to buy it, unless Adobe can ship a working, speedy, flash plug in.

I love the fact my iPad is stable, doesn’t run hot, randomly crash or any of the crap that Flash does to my macbook and imac.

I got so fed up with flash crashing safari and firefox that i’ve uninstalled it on my machines. If a site wants me to visit - they’ll serve content that doesn’t rely on flash.

Even nicer is how it’s forced sites to start moving away from flash. The sooner that piece of software dies (or adobe rewrites it - if they’re capable), the better our computing experience will be.

Posted by Moose on March 1, 2011 at 3:17 PM (PDT)

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The problem is as was mentioned before, Adobe cannot ship a version of Flash that tis stable enough for not only Apple’s standards, but for most users’ standards. I dare say if Flash were as buggy on Windows as it is on Macs, it would already be a retired piece of software.

@Moose, just use ClicktoFlash for Safari and that way, you can still pull up Flash on command instead of having it ruin your web surfing experience.

Posted by Why do people blame Apple for Flash's absence on t on March 2, 2011 at 4:24 PM (PDT)

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@drakebullet
That is the reason I disuade people from using Adobe Flash.
Not only does it open up innumerable security holes, iOS, WebOS and (except for a very small handful of) Android devices can’t view them either.
There are licencing issues for GNU/Linux Distributions and isn’t even included with Windows and Mac OS X any more.

The only reason Flash is on “90% of Desktop Computers” is because users get railroaded into installing it, just like Malware on a Warez or Pr0n site.

Posted by Dan Woods on March 3, 2011 at 5:04 PM (PDT)

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