iPad owners like me will be dismayed to learn that iPad 2 may well be revealed as soon as next week.
Apple has announced a big event on 2nd March which the IT press is expecting to be dominated by the first view of this year's version of the iPad. Rumours and leaks of varying quality indicate that, contrary to some reports on Apple news sites, the new version will keep the 9.7 inch display size rather than dropping to the smaller size used in other competing tablet devices. However, the new display should be crisper, with better outdoor visibility. Front and rear cameras are also expected to enable users to use Apple's Facetime video calling service over WiFi. Physically the new iPad is expected to be slimmer and flatter on the back.
I will be more disappointed if iPad 2 has a USB port, as getting data onto the current iPad has to be one of its downsides so to find that my nearly new iPad is already obsolete will be seriously bad news!
iOS 5.0 for iPad is due out in 2011 and we might also get a glimpse next week. Multi-tasking should be the big improvement users have been waiting for. At least an OS upgrade should be available to iPad 1 and 2 owners!
About Nigel Harris
I'm a partner with Burton Sweet, chartered accountants & business advisers, and run the Shepton Mallet office down in beautiful Somerset. Despite the name, Shepton Mallet is actually the home of Glastonbury Festival! I trained in audit and corporate tax with Grant Thornton and came to my current position in 1991 via small local practices and a stint with a training consortium.
I have the distinction of being one of the original members of the AccountingWEB editorial team, having been a freelance writer here for a year or so before John Stockdyk joined!