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Rumor: iPad 2 Release Date on April 2nd or 9th

by Sean P. Aune | January 13, 2011January 13, 2011 12:17 pm PST

iPad 2The rumors of the iPad 2 just seem to be coming in from every direction at the moment.  First we heard there might be a Feb. 1st unveiling, and now we’re hearing that could be followed up by the actual release coming on either April 2nd or 9th, which would closely follow the events of the first iPad last year.

The first iteration of the iPad was announced on Jan. 27th last year, with the Wi-Fi version appearing in Apple stores and online on April 3rd, 2010.  These new dates seem eerily similar to what we saw last year, so our suspicion is that this may be true.

All of the dates first appeared on MacNotes.DE, and they followed this up by claiming their sources had also suggested the iPad 2 is indeed getting the front and rear cameras we have heard so much about, a USB port and a “retina display”.  On the display front, the story now goes it is being called a “retina display” by so many due to its numbers matching the iPhone 4, but that would still not reach the true measure of that term due to screen size.

Where the rumors take an odd turn is that supposedly the iPad 2 will only be available through Apple channels for the first six months, and all of the third-party companies they worked so hard to have carry the iPad 1 before Christmas wouldn’t get them until Oct. 2011.  We think this seems a bit “off” as it would mean retailers would be sitting around with essentially dead product for six months, and that wouldn’t exactly make them rush to continue supporting the product line.

If any of this is true, we should hear about the Feb.1 event in the few weeks, and then it’s off to the races.

What say you?  Will the iPad 2 hit store shelves in April?  Will they really hold it back from other stores for six months?

Update: The iPad 2 was officially announced today (March 2nd, 2011). For more information, be sure to check out our iPad 2 overview.

[source MacNotes.DE, via MacRumors]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...