iPad 2 rumours are where it's at right now, with the perfect storm of the iOS 4.3 beta's appearance and the expectation of an imminent Apple tablet launch function making for fertile ground for all kinds of fanciful notions.
And courtesy of that iOS 4.3 beta we've already had – and dismissed – one exciting rumour: that both the iPad 2 would do away with the Home button thanks to some fancy new multitouch gestures. But that wasn't to be – the new gestures are just for developers to play with.
Today, it seems, another yes-please-fingers-crossed iPad 2 feature has been scratched from the list: the stunning Retina Display screen tech debuted on the iPhone 4.
That the next iPad would have a souped up screen has been probably the most popular, and eagerly anticipated rumour of all in recent weeks. But while IDC research manager Tom Mainelli says an iPad display with a mammoth resolution of 2056 x 1536 does seem to be in testing, it won't make it for this generation of iPad.
“Our sources say Apple has requested that manufacturers begin work on displays with that resolution for the iPad 3,” Mainelli told Electronista. “I don't believe anybody is ready to produce that resolution in volumes at this point, and Apple is going to require huge volumes for the iPad 2.”
One feature that will debut on the iPad 2 is a camera, but it won't be a fancy megapixel-heavy affair like on the iPhone 4, or indeed many of the other tablets being announced right now. Instead, it'll be the low-rent 0.7MP snapper found on the fourth-gen iPod touch, which can record video at 720p but only manages 960 x 720-pixel images.
Of course, there still should be plenty to get excited about when the iPad 2 does eventually go from fantasy to fact. As for when that is, the smart money's still on early next month.