A PROTOTYPE of the Ipad 2 appeared at the launch of Rupert Murdoch's The Daily yesterday.
Apple's second try at a netbook without a keyboard was spotted by Reuters, carrying a front-facing camera as rumoured, which we all pretty much expected it to have. This might be the first time that the Ipad 2 has been seen publicly, with enough rumour and speculation about the device having swirled around it in recent months to satisfy even the most frenzied Apple zealot.
Analysts like Gleacher's Brian Marshall have predicted an early Spring release date. Other possible features we might see include another camera on the back and the ability to run on different carriers. The 10-inch drinks tray is also thought to be lighter and slimmer.
The INQUIRER wasn't very impressed with Google's Android Honeycomb 3.0 demonstration yesterday, suggesting that Google's tablet optimised version of the Android operating system only matches rather than overtakes Apple's IOS in terms of features and quality.
But of course, every Android tablet has an advantage over the Ipad in its freedom to run Flash. The Ipad does not, and isn't likely to, ever. But that hasn't stopped Apple's tablet from being quite successful, with Ipad buyers being content with whatever Steve Jobs says they can use and thus simply not caring about having Adobe's Flash player. µ
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