Tuesday, February 8, 2011

AAPL: iPad 2 In Production, Say WSJ Sources

The Wall Street Journal’s Yukari Iwatani Kane and Shayndi Raice this evening write that Apple’s (AAPL) iPad 2 has entered production, citing anonymous “people familiar.”

The piece includes a familiar list of likely aspects of the new device, including it being thinner and lighter than the first iPad, at least one camera on the front of it, and a display with resolution “similar to” the first model.

Kane and Raice cite the lack of enhancement to the display resolution as a potential disappointment, and note that their sources say Apple ran into difficulties trying to improve the screen given size of the display. An enhanced display had been rumored given that the iPhone 4 last year was upgraded to a finer resolution than its predecessors, called the Retina Display.

I would note that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) is expected tomorrow to unveil its entry into the tablet market using the Palm OS.

Apple shares today closed up $3.32, or 0.9%, at $355.20.

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