Some new iPad 2 rumors are floating around today. This time the rumors hint at a thinner bezel all around as well as a flat back and a larger speaker.
The thinner bezel has been described as being 3mm thinner with the device also said to still have a 9.7 inch display just like the current model. This makes the iPad a little smaller in dimensions and brings it to 239x186mm down from 242.8 x 189.7.
The larger speaker appears to cover the bottom edge of the device and also cuts slightly in the the back panel of the device. This would fall in line with the larger speaker cut out we saw on those "leaked" iPad 2 cases a month or so ago. One thing to note here is that the above picture is a render and not the real thing.
Finally, the iPad 2 is rumored to have a flat back, just like the iPhone 4 has. This would allow it to comfortably sit on a desk rather than wobbling around like the current model.
The source of the rumors is new in terms of leaking rumors, so for now, we need to take this with a pinch of salt.
Things that we expect to see in the iPad 2 is a higher resolution screen. We are not sure at this point if it will have the Retina display with that pixel density, but making pixels smaller is where Apple is currently heading at the moment. Cameras are also expected, especially to enable FaceTime integration as the iPad would make a fantastic device for making video calls to and from. Other than that we expect a small bump in available RAM, and possibly a faster CPU as well as Gyro etc...
Next year will certainly be interesting in terms of tablets. We expect Android tablets to be pushed out right at the beginning of the year to compete with Apple.