RUMOR: ‘Engineering issues’ blamed for Retina Display, SD slot not making Apple’s next-gen iPad

“While rumors that Apple’s second-generation iPad due next week would include Retina Displays and SD card slots have long been refuted, one publication that originally made those claims has revised its predictions to say it no longer expects those features either,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Engadget on Thursday changed its predictions ahead of next week’s iPad 2 event, and said that ‘engineering issues’ led Apple to make last-minute design changes on the device,” Oliver reports. “‘It’s worth noting once again that these sources have been dead right on specific Apple plans and specifications for unannounced products in the past…,’ editor Joshua Topolsky wrote.”

“While it’s unclear how accurate that hypothesis is, AppleInsider confidently reported in January that the next-generation iPad would not have an SD card slot,” Oliver writes. “Similarly, AppleInsider also noted in January that there would not be a high-resolution Retina Display on the second-generation iPad. Apple has reportedly focused on making the new screen thinner and improving its anti-reflective properties…”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

17 Comments

  1. I never believed the retina display rumor. The total number of pixels woul be off the charts. Maybe next year we’ll all have the equivalent of a 30″ screen in our book bags.

    CF cards? Why?

  2. Rumor: The white iPad is delayed due to the oil crisis in Libya. In related news, in support of the oil crisis and to reduce oil consumption, McDonalds will declare every Wednesday an oil-free day. In more related news, McDonalds declared that it will be closed every wednesday as they cannot make a profit only selling water.

  3. Gruber’s post on this at Daringfireball.

    …”Eleventh hour, my ass. Nothing in these regards has changed in the iPad 2 since January. Nothing. There was never going to be a higher resolution display in the iPad 2. I’d wager heavily that there was never going to be an SD card slot for it, either, but I don’t know that.

    Mark my words: whoever told Engadget on January 14 that the iPad 2 was going to have a “super high resolution” display was wrong. When I checked with sources for my “Cold Water on the iPad 2 Retina Display Hype”, nothing had changed from plans.” …

    Read more at – http://daringfireball.net/2011/02/eleventh_hour

    1. Gruber put the smackdown on Engadget. And he was right to do so – it defies all logic to think that Apple made a change at the last minute for a production run of millions of devices. Either Engadget is very illogical, or they believe their readers are.

    2. gruber is right. This is bull crap. There was never going to be a retina display so there couldn’t be a change due to anything. It’s just the desire to never to appear to be wrong.

      Now with the new MBPs, use of SDxc, whatever those littler cards are called, now they’re hedging their bets.

    3. Thanks for posting that. Engadget is usually good, certainly better than the bozos ate Jizzmodo, but this is just self aggrandizing delusion. “We posted rumours, they turn out to be bullshit, obviously Apple changed their plans and we are still right”.

      And these people wonder why they get no respect as “journalists”.

  4. That ‘last minute engineering problem’ isn’t so last minute. Its been in the works since 2007. Its a little known thing you may not have heard of. Its called THUNDERBOLT. Rumor has it that it combines display port and PCI express into a dual channel 10gbps per channel connection that can bidirectionaly feed displays on one channel, and highspeed peripherals of every type on the other channel.

    Why would anyone want an SD card when the iPad 2 will have bigger storage, more RAM, and the ability to plug into a 27″ display and high speed RAID array with a single connector?

  5. bummer :/
    I like sd cards the interface can be very simple, which makes them easy to use with small microcontrolers

    but it is most certainly a small price to pay for thunderbolt!! 😀

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