Rumor: Will We See An iPad 2 HD This Year?

A new iPad 2 with an HD Retina Display could be making its way into the world in Fall 2011 as rumors of a new device circulate. The iPad 2 HD, the iPad 3 or the ‘iPad 2 Plus’ as analyst Craig Berger calls it (via International Business Times) could be appearing as early as this September if some reports are to be believed.  ThisIsMyNext suggests that an iPad HD, with a 2048 x 1536 screen will be launching and is targeted at the ‘Pro’ market.  The site offers an interesting perspective on how the new iPad would fit into the line-up;

“The idea behind the product is apparently that it will be a “pro” device aimed at a higher end market — folks who work in video and photo production possibly — and will be introduced alongside something like an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture. This product is specifically said to not be the iPad 3, rather a complimentary piece of the iPad 2 line. Think MacBook and MacBook Pro.”

This obviously raises a few questions on the target audience for a new iPad HD.  Given that Apple has kept the price point of the lowest spec iPad at $499 for the first two iterations, releasing an iPad HD would afford the company the opportunity to release a higher priced version of their popular device. In combination with the higher resolution display, Apple could also offer much higher resolution cameras along with the device, such as an 8MP sensor, as predicted to be included with the next iPhone.

On the flip side, this once again flies in the face of the statement given by Steve Jobs at the launch of the iPad 2 suggesting that 2011 was ‘the year of the iPad 2′.  Are we really going to see a second iPad in 2011 given the position taken by Apple at the start of the year?  Despite the fact that it would certainly piss off a few people, it would also surprise and delight quite a few others.  Increased storage, speed and screen quality at the right price would still sell a lot of iPads.


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