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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Rumors: iPad 2 may get a preview this week, ship in March

By Hayley Tsukayama

Rumors say the iPad 2 may appear as early as this week and ship starting in March.

The second would be a turn-up for the books, since conventional wisdom has put the iPad 2 launch in April, a year after Apple announced its "magic" predecessor.

The rumors seem to stem from the Japanese blog Macotakara, which has previously leaked details about iPad cases, speculating that the production schedules at Foxconn point to a March release.

Stronger rumors indicate that the iPad2 will be announced this month, as Apple normally makes its announcements in January and June, but may not have wanted to steal thunder from the Verizon iPhone.

Apple is planning an iOS event this week, and the blog Apple Insider, via information from the German blog MacNotes, said that the iPad 2 might make its first appearance there.

MacNotes keeps to the idea of an early April release.

Another iPad 2 release date rumor is also making the rounds today, though mostly thanks to its unlikely source.

CNET UK's reporting that Sir Elton John is being credited for a "leak" about the iPad 2 release, placing the likely release date in April.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 7, 2011; 10:11 AM ET
 
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Comments

Gee, must suck a lot if you bought the first one, what with a new improved version coming less than a year later.

Or do Apple freaks just buy anything Jobs throws at them without question?

Posted by: info53 | February 7, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Apple should release the ipad2 sooner rather than later. It's widely known tthat a second version is on its way soon. That generates significant pent up demand because people who haven't bought one yet are waiting for the next version. Why buyg the old version when an uprade is a month away?

Posted by: RufusPlimpton | February 7, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Imagine, a product that gets updated once a year. No one buying a tech product ever is worried about that happening.

Posted by: ah___ | February 7, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@info53 I'm happy with my iPad 1.0. Getting a lot of mileage out of it. No iPad 2 envy here!

Posted by: CafeBeouf | February 7, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Cars are updated annually. Clothes go out of style in one or two years. It's a fact of life that once you buy something, a new version/style/update will come out soon. Therefore, I suppose it's silly to really buy anything.

Posted by: Rainier1 | February 7, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

@info53, I continue to enjoy my iPad, used almost everyday, since the original release date. Enjoying it so much that I may just get the next version. And no, I don't buy everything Jobs throws my way. I bought my first Mac, last year. I only have the iPhone 3GS, and have no plans to update that either. If the technology works for you, buy it if you can afford it. Otherwise, don't bother.

Posted by: MobileJoel1 | February 7, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@info53, I continue to enjoy my iPad, used almost everyday, since the original release date. Enjoying it so much that I may just get the next version. And no, I don't buy everything Jobs throws my way. I bought my first Mac, last year. I only have the iPhone 3GS, and have no plans to update that either. If the technology works for you, buy it if you can afford it. Otherwise, don't bother.

Posted by: MobileJoel1 | February 7, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Cutting edge technology, yes, but the stupid thing has no FLASH. It's nice to lay in bed and surf the web but a whole lot of content cannot be viewed because of the absence of the FLASH player. I'll be looking for a replacement as soon as I get a job because this was a gift!!

Posted by: dbarrow | February 10, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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