RUMOR: Apple’s next-gen iPad to feature reduced bezel, flat back panel, improved speakers

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac “The latest iPad 2 scuttlebutt seeping from Asian sources concerns the iPad 2 hardware,” Eric Zeman reports for InformationWeek.

“According to an Apple blog from Japan, the iPad 2’s 9.7-inch display will be unchanged in size, but the bezel and overall footprint will be reduced by 3mm. The original iPad measures 242.8mm by 189.7mm. The new measurements out the iPad 2 at 239mm by 186mm,” Zeman reports. “That’s not a significant reduction in size, but a reduced bezel sounds appealing. Many complained that the iPad’s 1-inch bezel surrounding the screen gave it an odd look. After using the device for nine months, I can say I don’t notice the bezel any more, and it’s actually where I tend to grip the iPad the most when holding it.”

Zeman reports, “The blog also notes that the back surface of the iPad 2 will be flat. The original iPad has a curved back panel, which tapers at the edges. It makes the iPad more comfortable to hold, but wobbly when placed on flat surfaces such as a table.
Last, it appears as though the iPad 2 might be given a more capable speaker (though why, I can’t really say).”

More info about cameras and other rumored features in the full article here.

20 Comments

  1. I bet “This one goes to ’11’ ” diagonally, with special scrolling recognition for living and working on the edge – and the improved speakers? yeah – “goes to ’11’ too.”

    Merry Christmas!

  2. I must hand it Apple to constantly improve their products. When I purchased my first Mac Mini as a trial a few years ago I had a hard time converting over to the Mac way of navigating around the screen, but now I drink the Koolaid every minute I use my MacBook, MacBookPro, iPod, iPhones, and iPads. Steve, I’m glad you survived your liver transplant.

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