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iPad 2 release date confirmed

Several sources have now confirmed that the iPad 2 release has been confirmed only by invite. Several media outlets have been getting the invite (Picture here on the side) from Apple and started circulating on February 23rd. It looks like the UK will be getting the unveiling at the BBC Television Centre in London. The Media in the United States will be getting their hands on the new iPad 2 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Both events will be taking place on March 2nd.

Aside from the unveiling of the iPad 2, sources have also cited a long awaited MacBook Pro refresh could be also shown at these events, but it's not clear at this point if this is going to happen or not.

Previously it had been suggested that the iPad 2 release date had been pushed back until June having initially been set for release in April. That was according to analysts at Yuanta, who claim that Apple made design tweaks to the iPad 2 as recently as the start of this month.

In their report, Yuanta analysts Alison Chen and Vincent Chen said. “…production bottlenecks,” at the Hon Hai Precision Industries Plant where the iPad 2 is being made, were to blame. Word is that Apple’s 11th hour design changes were the cause of these so-called bottlenecks.

“Our checks suggest new issues are being encountered with the new production and it is taking time to resolve them,” the report said. "As a number of Android 3.0 tablets are being launched in April and May, the delay in iPad 2 shipments may give the Android camp a brief window of opportunity.’’

There have not been official details on the specs of the new iPad, however is expected that the new device will be thinner compared to the original iPad, with a front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support. Another source, the Financial daily also claimed that the iPad 2 will have an improved display and will run on a Qualcomm chip that will run on both GSM and CDMA networks. None of these specs have been confirmed by Apple so we should only take them as a grain of salt.

 

Several analyst have cited the fact that missing an early release of the iPad 2 could prove costly to Apple, since it would allow competitors in the tablet market to get a head start to promote their products (google android for tablets, anybody?) but it looks as though the Cupertino based company has been able to keep its promises and deliver the iPad 2 on time.


Ipad Upcoming Games

Some games have been rumored to be appearing soon, such as Brotherhood, Gears, Aralon and Dungeon Defenders: First wave. Here is some of the confirmed games for the iPad that will be coming soon (by that we mean 2011):

Minecraft

Minecraft for ipad

Minecraft for ipad

 

Minecraft is an open ended game that is virtually limitless in scope. In it you get you play around with blocks creating pretty much anything your heart desires. Like an RPG, the world of Minecraft is full of hostile as well as friendly creatures so make sure you plan your construction appropriately. Creator Markus "Notch" Persson is a bit tight lipped on details but claims it will not be a blind port. It will in fact only ship with the features that make sense on touch screen platforms.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

 

Based on the graphic novel and not the wildly popular TV show of the same name, details regarding the iPad version of this game are a bit skinny. But since it’s being developed by Telltale Games, makers of the Sam and Max series, we’re going to go ahead and assume that it may play out like an adventure game. That thought is only further strengthened by the fact that episodic content has also been planned out for the game. Of course we could be wrong and it could turn out to be a really violent FPS, which we’re totally fine with.

The Shadow Sun

The Shadow Sun

The Shadow Sun

 

I haven’t played a ton of RPGs on iOS platforms so The Shadow Sun has most definitely caught my interest. Developed by Ossian Studios, The Shadow Sun is a Western RPG that draws inspiration from a bunch of big names like Fable, the Witcher and Zelda as well as the horrific works of H.P. Lovecraft. And just so you know, Ossian has worked on quite a bit of content for the Neverwinter games so I’m pretty confident they know their RPGs real well.

Jurassic Park: The Game

Jurassic Park for iPad

Jurassic Park for iPad

 

Yet another episodic game from Telltale games, Jurassic Park will allow players to experience the perils and excitement of umm Jurassic Park. Unlike previous games that were more action oriented, Telltale’s version is more story and character driven - like a Heavy Rain if you will. This obviously means you won’t be able to stab dinosaurs in the face a la Turok. Instead, you’ll experience all sorts of drama and tension as man meets 40 feet pre-historic beast.

StarFront Collision

StarFront Collision

StarFront Collision

 

Originality may not be one of developer Gameloft’s stronger points but that doesn’t make their iOS games any less enjoyable. They’ve been inspired by a ton of successful franchises that have translated into games like N.O.V.A. (Halo), Shadow Guardian (Uncharted 2) etc. and now they’re about to be inspired by Starcraft II. The result is StarFront Collision an RTS game that’ll feature an in-depth single player mode as well as four person competitive play.

Article Sources: T3, Gamespot and Tech2




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