Apple iPad 2 will include SD and have April Release Date

Posted on Jan 17 2011 - 11:16pm by Richard Sharp

The last week has been an absolute whirlwind of rumours surrounding the Apple iPad 2, different sources have suggested that it will include a retina display, will lose the home button, gain dual cameras with HD ability and now the strange looking hole on the rear of recent mock ups is said to be an internal SD card slot.

This time the information comes from Engadget, a source known for their reliability. They say that the iPad 2, known for its sleek lines and unobstructed rear end, will come with a SD slot on the back. Exactly like the rumours have been predicting for months, this will mean an opening of about 1 inch on the back of the iPad 2.

The inclusion of the SD slot will make transferring files such as photos, videos and other files a much quicker task. It will also allow owners to quickly upgrade their storage space in a cheap and convenient way.

The rumours surrounding the release date remain constant with a press conference to reveal the iPad 2 on February 1st. The release date is expected in April, which will be music to Apple fans ears after today’s new that Steve Jobs is to take a break from running the company.

Do you think the addition of an SD slot is a good or bad thing?

Hat tip: Engadget

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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Denji January 18, 2011 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Inclusion of sd slot is good news, but suddenly my iPad becomes obsolete.

  2. Mike G January 18, 2011 at 7:14 am - Reply

    As a digital photographer, the addition of a SD slot opens up a direct source for portable connectivity. Hopefully image and video software makers will be persuaded to make genuinely useful apps to support this functionality

  3. Ramzy January 26, 2011 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Will it have an HDMI port?

    I hate the fact the Apple devices keep getting slimmer. That means small battery capacity. Please Apple give me a thicker device with a bigger battery so that I do not have to carry a charger.

  4. me February 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    the question is ridiculous.

    "Do you think the addition of an SD slot is a good or bad thing?"

    The whole reason I sis not buy an ipad was because

    1-having to sync my business documents is not convenient

    2- there is no webcam.

    not that i use it, but it is a nice option if I needed it since there is no USB port either!!!

    3- although i like apples interface, their hardware has a lot to be desired.

    i don't want any logic board issues or other surprises rendering my device useless without a costly "fix"

    i think i convinced myself to stay away with the 3rd point.

  5. BDA123 February 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I am anything but an Ipad or Apple fan and was so hoping that the Motorola Xoom would be priced to win the battle but that appears to not be the case. I may just have to get the Ipad 2 and a microSD card slot would seal the deal. Solid rumors put the Ipad 2 with a slightly higher quality screen (definately not retina but maybe 1080), a lower gloss screen, a dual core A9 cortex CPU, a dual core SGX543 GPU, and cameras. Sounds like an incredible package. If they price it similar to the current models it will sell crazy and kill any up and coming Android competition before they gain any market share. Unless Motorola finally prices their equipment in the $450-$550 price range where it has to be to gain any market share.

  6. Sim Samurai February 4, 2011 at 9:19 am - Reply

    As a pilot I am looking for the ideal electronic flight bag and have spent the last week comparing apples to oranges, figs, and the upcoming gingerbread? My head is swimming! Being a PC user and lover of Windows 7 I've also seen a few new no-name brands on eBay which have the new Atom 455 1.66 GHz processor and alot of other features I like such as a few USB ports and bluetooth. It would be nice to be able to plug in a real keyboard and just use the tablet as a monitor on occasion and USB also allows me to hook up an external GPS unit without having to pay a monthly subscription for wifi. It also allows for hooking up a better web cam or other perips like a DVD drive so while apple is cool… I want more flexibility! Also..with a cell-phone, home phone, and cable bill, the last thing I want is yet another monthly fee, especially for something that would actually not get used that often as I don't think I'll ever part with my laptop or my mega-ultimate i7 flight simulator pc.

  7. Scott Mollica February 6, 2011 at 1:35 am - Reply

    Why is it that both AT&T Wireless and Verizon are promoting their lightning fast 4G networks however both the AT&T and Verizon iphone fourth gen phones are only compatible with their respective 3G data networks. Is it possible the iPhone 4G and iPad 2 will have dormant 4G receivers? It's just not fair – I want 4G data for my new Apple devices. Any speculation?

  8. BDA123 February 6, 2011 at 4:31 am - Reply

    I am sure it will come with LTE for Verizon and 4G for AT&T. It would be silly not to come with it since the Motorola Xoom has it and so will the Acer Iconia A500. I believe the RIM Playbook has it too. It would be soooo uncharateristic of Apple to not stay ahead of the competitors. They would see a significant loss of market share if it was released w/o 4G compatibility. Apples doesn't want to upgrade a model once they are in the hands of consumers. The Ipad 2 will for sure have it and if it has it you can bet that the Iphone 5 will have it also when it comes out this summer.

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