The iPad 2 looks set to drop on February 9th, reports suggest, after Apple appeared to drop a heavy hint about its plans in a screenshot of its second generation slate.
Seasoned Cupertino watchers and Apple obsessives will remember that the first iPad was launched on Wednesday January 27th last year. We didn’t know it at the time, but pre-release shots of the tablet had that date clearly showing on the calendar app icon.
Now, it seems they’ve repeated the trick for the next-gen device. A leaked image obtained by the iMavens at 9 to 5 Mac seemingly shows the iPad 2 with the date February 9th clearly on display in the same homescreen calendar widget. Not unreasonably then, they’ve concluded that this could well be when the device debuts.
Adding a bit of meat to the bones of the story is that the Yerba Buena Centre – the San Francisco exhibition hall that hosts all Apple launches – is as yet unbooked on the day in question.
The latest speculation over when we’ll get our first look at the iPad 2 comes amid signs that the device will almost certainly feature a camera. And this would appear to be confirmed by three camera icons in iOS 4.3 Beta 2, which has just gone out to developers.
Shots of the wallpaper, courtesy of Macrumors, clearly show icons for the Apple Camera App, Photo Booth App and Facetime. We'd bet our last iTunes voucher that means it's a dead cert to sport dual and rear mounted snappers.
Via: 9 to 5 Mac