Another year, another set of Kevin Rose predictions, this time about the iPad 2. Apparently Rose has revealed to the subscribers of his foundat.io/n newsletter (and everyone else) that the iPad 2 announcement will be coming in 3-4 weeks, giving the exact date of February 1st as a possibilty. So basically last year’s iPad announcement date, plus a year and five days.
From the Blogg:
From: Kevin Rose (Foundation Newsletter)
I have it on good authority that Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next “3-4 weeks”, possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras.
If you’re thinking of buying an iPad, hold off for now.
UPDATE: Spoke w/another source, the display has a “higher dpi”, but not technically a retina display. This seems odd to me, we’ll have to wait and see..
Briefly mentioned is a retina display and front/back cameras which is something that has been covered before quite a bit. The retina display tip seems to be the most controversial (Rose has amended it with a second update suggesting a higher dpi but not retina) and many are saying it’s impossible on a tablet platform. From the comments:
“No. No Retina. It’s just not feasible. Let’s look at the math.
iPhone 2G/3G/3GS is a 3,5″ screen with a 320×480 resolution. You get 164.83 PPI out of this screen.
iPhone 4 is a 3,5″ screen with a 640×960 resolution. You get 329.65 PPI out of this screen.
> iPhone 4 has a PPI over 300, which Steve Jobs himself said to be more pixels per inch than the human eye can pick out, thus it’s a Retina Display. Now to the iPad(s).
iPad has a 9,7″ screen with a 1024×768 resolution. You get 131.96 PPI out of this screen.
What about if the mythical Retina iPad was released? What if it had the same screensize as the iPad and the same PPI as iPhone 4? It would need to have a 2560×1920 resolution to be able to reach 329.9 PPI, about the same as iPhone 4. Feasible? No.”
Kevin Rose occasionally predicts things, like this and this and this, and is occasionally right and occasionally wrong (remember the slide-out keyboard on the iPhone?). Clock is ticking on this one, in the meantime sign up for his newsletter!