Latest iPad 2 Rumors: iPad Out, Jobs Back for Big Day
Rumors about iPad 2 have been spreading like a Russian computer virus, and now ─ less than 24 hours before the expected unveiling of the device ─ comes word from the industry blog 9to5Mac that Apple has halted production of its first-generation iPad to clear room on store shelves for the new tablet.
Once supplies of the original iPad have dried up in stores, they won’t be refreshed, sources said.
While Apple has yet to confirm the halt of iPad production, it would be in keeping with the company's scheduling of a “special event” in San Francisco tomorrow (March 2), widely believed to be the unveiling of the iPad 2.
And more rumors today are rolling in regarding the event itself, including one on Apple blog settB.it that it will be hosted by company chief executive Steve Jobs. That would be a surprise, considering Jobs is taking a medical leave of absence and has distanced himself from the day-to-day operations of the company he co-founded.
In recent months the iPad 2 rumors have hit warp speed, with several parts manufacturers spilling the devices’ secrets to the rabid tech media as fast as iPad pieces have been rolling off the assembly lines. Still, much remains unknown about Apple's next-generation iPad beyond the almost-universal belief that the device will have a camera (possibly two), shedding some weight, and feature increased memory with a more powerful graphics processor.
The event is set to take place at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) tomorrow.