Apple's iPad 2 will not include a 'retina display' to match the iPad when it goes on sale later this year.and latest , claims analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. His component supplier contacts suggest, however, that Kindle-style anti-reflection technology will be part of the new
"The improvement of iPad 2 display focuses on thickness and anti-reflection, not resolution," says his latest analyst note for Concord Securities' clients, as outlined by AppleInsider.
"Thanks to anti-reflection, iPad 2 could have better sunlight readable experience and it's helpful for Apple to compete with Amazon's fast-growing Kindle business."
Why no retina display? Kuo suggests the problem is making enough of them to meet demand, since he expects between 4.5 and 5 million iPad 2s to be made in the first quarter of this year, ready for launch in March or April.
Kuo believes the iPad 2 will feature a beefier dual-core 1.2GHz processor, upping its power but also its battery-life management. His note also claims the iPad 2 will make use of a dual-core SGX543 graphics processor from Imagination that is "200-300 per cent [more] powerful than iPhone 4". Count us excited about Infinity Blade 2...
Kuo agrees with the widely held view that iPad 2 will include front and back cameras, but sadly also agrees withthat they'll match the relatively weedy snappers on the , rather than the .
"iPad has two cameras," he writes. "Front camera is 0.3 megapixel and rear one is 1 megapixel. Front camera is for Facetime and Photo Booth and 0.3 megapixel is enough because the resolution of iPad 2 is 1,024x768. Rear camera is for applications such as video recording and augmented reality."
What do you think? Is Apple hobbling the iPad 2 to sell more units? Or is readability more important than resolution for a tablet? Let us know in the comments.