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No Retina Display or SD Card Reader For Apple iPad 2

John Gruber from Daring Fireball has rebuked Josh Topolsky of Engadget saying that nothing has changed in the Apple iPad 2 since the beginning of the year although Engadget says that Apple had decided to change the specifications at the eleventh hour.

In a post entitled "The Eleventh Hour (opens in new tab)", the respected Apple analyst stresed that there was never going to be a higher resolution display for the iPad 2 or an SD card slot before adding that anyone who provided Engadget (opens in new tab) with details over a super high resolution display for their 14th January article was wrong.

Apple did change specifications at the last minute once before in 2009 when the company removed the camera from the iPod Touch only to get it back in the 2010 edition. Gruber added that Apple's products are normally stable at least 60 days before release, something we saw with the iPhone 4 prototype.

The second iPad is likely to be thinner than the first one - thanks to an improved display - with newer hardware; expect a Qualcomm baseband chip, the new Apple A5 processor, more memory and at least one camera plus iOS 4.3 operating system.

You can read more about our coverage of the Apple iPad 2 including all the speculations, gossips, pictures and rumours here.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.