With less than a week to go before its grand unveiling, we're certainly getting our fair share of iPad 2-related news at the moment. It's hardly a surprise either, given that the rest of the mobile news cycle has largely died down after the Mobile World Congress feeding frenzy.
Our latest snippet from the land of Rumour won't please Apple fans much, however, as it's being speculated that the last-minute production issues we've been talking about recently may well have put paid to a couple of key advances we were looking forward to.
Despite the iPad 2 launch event now being confirmed for next Wednesday, rumours of component supply issues have persisted, leading to Taiwan's DigiTimes claiming yesterday that the initial production run for the Apple slate has been halved.
Now comes reports from sources trusted by Engadget as impeccable stating those production issues have forced Apple to ditch the planned SD card slot, and give up on an increase to the display resolution too – a decision we were largely expecting anyway.
The sources in question claim “engineering issues” are behind the about-turn, which seems to ring true with talk of last-minute design alterations we've been hearing about elsewhere.
From a hardware point of view, it does leave us wondering whether the iPad 2 will have the clout to fend off all those Honeycomb tablets that are on their way for a full year. Then again, other rumours are talking of a September launch for an iPad 3, so maybe it won't have to.