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Reports say that the iPad 2 is out next week

The latest reports contradict earlier rumours that the launch would be delayed until the summer.

The original iPad
The original iPad
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IT APPEARS RUMOURS OF a delay to the launch of the iPad 2 were greatly exaggerated with fresh reports now saying it will be launched next week.

All Things Digital reports that an Apple event has been scheduled for Wednesday, 2 March in San Francisco, its traditional base for launches, where the iPad 2 will be unveiled.

The New York Times has backed up these claims, scotching earlier rumours that the launch would be delayed until June because of design issues with the latest version of the tablet computer which has so far sold 15 million units.

Rumours of a delay caused Apple’s share price to drop by over 2 per cent.  There shares are now currently up by nearly 2 per cent.

It has been widely reported that the iPad 2 will be thinner and more powerful than its predecessor, with a front facing camera and an improved display.

Such is the excitement that is generated by the prospective release of Apple products, the next generation of the iPad has been the subject of numerous rumours on tech websites and blogs.

As PC World reports, the iPad 2 is expected to compete against a range of other tablet computers being released this year from the likes of Motorola, Samsung, Hewlett Packard, and Blackberry makers Research In Motion.

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