iPad 2 Rumor: It Will Be Announced In February

The iPad 2 might be announced as early as this month. The latest rumor comes from Computer World, and backs up Digg founder Kevin Rose’s statement last month that the iPad 2 would be announced within weeks.

Jeremy Horwitz, Editor-in-Chief of iLounge, blogged about how the new iPad would be constructed. He writes: “According to our source, Apple is actively developing new accessories that will communicate with the near-field radio chips reportedly built into new iPads and iPhones. In the most basic implementation, an accessory could announce its presence and potential functions to an iPad or iPhone without the need for a Bluetooth or similar connection; our source suggests that an otherwise simple case could include a radio chip so that an inserted iPhone or iPad could go into power-saving hibernation mode automatically. More complex accessories will go far beyond that.”

The new iPad is said to be lighter, have a higher resolution screen that is anti-reflective, and it is expected to come with two cameras. It may or may not have a home button.

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