Welcome to the iPad 2: Inside Apple's new tablet

Apple reveals the next-gen iPad as the Android competition starts to heat up

Today at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Apple will reveal the details of the much-rumored iPad 2. The speculation has been rampant for months, with bloggers claiming everything from a double-resolution Retina display to a dual-core A4 (or maybe A5) processor, from new Thunderbolt ports and SD slots to a button-less case. A thinner, lighter design is also predicted. As is typical of these rumors, their factual basis is questionable.

In any event, we'll know soon enough what the real iPad changes are, and I'll update the details of the iPad 2 and whatever else Apple may have up its sleeve live from the San Francisco event. Come back to this page to get the details as they become available.

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The original iPad has been a runaway hit, with Apple selling about as many iPads as it has Macs in the last year. The iPad has also gained fast traction in even regulated businesses as mobile workers have found many uses for it, from sales to bedside patient care. Apple's iOS 4's added security capabilities have also helped overcome initial cocerns at many IT organizations.

The new iPad to be announced today comes as the first credible Google Android competitor, the Motorola Mobility Xoom, hit the market, following six months of poorly received Android tablets that ran the smartphone version of the Android OS rather than the tablet-oriented Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS that debuted with the Xoom. Tablets from Research in Motion and Hewlett-Packard, using their own OSes, are also promised for this year.

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