A report posted tonight by Engadget reveals several details of future Apple products scheduled for a 2011 launch, such as the iPad 2, the iPhone 5 and the successor to the second-generation Apple TV. Engadget’s track record with Apple scoops has been very solid, and the details are very interesting.
According to sources close to the website, the iPad 2 will feature a higher resolution screen similar to the iPhone 4’s Retina Display, but won’t be have the same DPI. In the past, we’ve heard rumors about the next-generation iPad featuring a display with higher pixel density, and we actually spotted higher resolution images in the iBooks app for iPad months ago. Those images suggested a 2x increase in resolution. Engadget also claims the device will have a SD card slot – that bigger hole we’ve seen in cases and mockups recently wasn’t a speaker, apparently. The iPad 2 is set to come out in April, won’t feature a USB port and will be “lighter”.
Both the next iPad and the iPhone 5 will come, though, with a major change in the production chain that involves CDMA / GSM chipsets from Qualcomm:
The new iPad will feature a dual GSM / CDMA chipset produced by Qualcomm and will mark Apple’s shift away from Infineon as its chipset maker to Qualcomm for all of its mobile devices. It’s not clear if the chipset being used will be based on the company’s EV-DO / HSPA Gobi variety or an entirely new design. Presumably, the strength of the new dual-mode chipset is that it will allow both Verizon and AT&T to offer the iPad simultaneously.
But all of these moves are leading up to the iPhone 5 – a completely redesigned handset – which our sources say is on track for a summer launch. Right now, the device is being tested discreetly by senior staff at Apple (strictly on campus only). We don’t have much info on the phone at this point, but our understanding is that the new device will be a total rethink from a design standpoint and will be running atop Apple’s new A5 CPU (a Cortex A9-based, multi-core chip). This device, like the iPad 2, will feature a Qualcomm chipset that does triple duty as the CDMA / GSM / UMTS baseband processor – from what we hear there’s no LTE in the mix at this point.
Apple is also working on a new version of the Apple TV, which will include the “blazingly fast” Apple A5 processor. The device is rumored to be able to crank out “1080p video like running water”. It is unclear whether or not the iPad 2 will also get the Apple A5 CPU.
So what do you think? iPad 2 with SD slot, lighter, possibly thinner, cameras and higher-res screen? Universal CDMA / GSM iPhone 5 coming this summer? Oh and the “completely redesigned” part? Exciting times to be part of the Apple rumor mill.