Apple product speculation is nothing new; in fact, it’s a near constant companion for the tech-curious. And with the release of the 2nd Generation iPad expected in March or April, rumors, “leaks” and flat-out guesses regarding the tablet have reached an all-time high.
Speculation ranges from the reasonable – a front-facing FaceTime camera – to the just plain D-U-M – new iPads in time for Christmas. But there are a few rumors worth at least a quick look.
The first is that the 2G iPad will have a new carbon fiber shell rather than the aluminum backpiece on the current model. As much as we love aluminum anything, this could cut production costs and reduce the weight of the 2G iPad, both good things. One thing you won’t see on the 2nd Gen iPad: a iPhone 4 inspired glass back.
A collection of rumors that’s caught fire this week includes the supposition that the 2nd Gen iPad will have a Retina display and a USB port. We don’t think either of these is likely, particularly the USB port bit, but we’re also fairly sure the new iPad will not have a higher-resolution display with more pixels per inch than the 1st Gen model.
And those 7-inch iPad rumors still won’t die, even in the wake of Steve Jobs all but saying the 7” iPad died during the pre-iPad 1.0 testing phase.
The most popular way for magazine publishers to get their monthly, quarterly, or whateverly issues onto the iPad, it seems, has been to create dedicated apps for each periodical. These apps (Time, Fortune, People, just to name a few) act as digital storefronts, allowing users to purchase, download and read issues of that particular magazine on the tablet.
And that’s okay – but sort of messy, particularly if you’re a frequent reader. I’ve received email from a growing number of users in recent weeks asking if there’s a better solution.
And there is: Zinio.
You’ve likely never heard of it, but Zinio has been around a long time (about ten years), and basically pioneered the digital magazine. Until the iPad, though, their service was available on the PC or Mac, which is probably why you’ve never used it; the PC isn’t the most ideal magazine reader in the world. The iPad, on the other hand – whatever you think of its eBook prowess – is an excellent color magazine reader, and Zinio for iPad gives the service, for the first time, real usability and purpose.
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It was originally thought that the public release of iOS 4.2 for the iPod touch, iPhone, and (most notably) iPad would be made available Friday; but November 12th came and went without an update pop-up in iTunes.
And now we know why. Apple has just posted a second, updated Gold Master (GM) of the iPad version of iOS 4.2 (build 8C134b). Apparently, some testers reported Wi-Fi issues with the November 1st GM release. A Gold Master is the last step in an operating system’s development before its release to end users.
Final release of iOS 4.2 will now be as early as next week, or perhaps as late as the day before Thanksgiving, depending on whose rumors you believe. We’ll keep you posted.