The rumor mill continues to churn out news regarding Apple’s iPad 2, with fresh updates coming out regarding the connectivity as well as the physical features of the tablet.
There will be Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA models of the iPad 2 when it is released in early 2011, according to the Digitimes, with mass production of the units starting as early as the latter half of January. According to industry sources, the ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA iPad 2 units will be 3:4:3.
The inclusion of both connectivity types has led to speculation that there will be an iPad 2 model for AT&T customers (as is the case with the first generation iPad), and one for Verizon customers, as AT&T and Verizon use UMTS and CDMA networks, respectively.
In addition to the news regarding connectivity options, the details about the physical design of the iPad 2 are receiving just as much attention.
A Japanese blog recently posted video footage of the iPad 2’s case, which ostensibly supports previous rumors about the new iPad featuring a flat-backed casing with tapered sides. The case in the video also has a large cut-out on the bottom, presumably for the more powerful speaker that is supposedly featured on the new device.
In addition, Apple is also reportedly looking to compete with the Kindle by improving the iPad’s anti-smudging and anti-reflective treatments.