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iPad Media Event To Introduce Speed-bumped iPad 2 & Cloud-based MobileMe

by on March 1st, 2011

It is widely expected that Apple will reveal the iPad 2 at tomorrow’s media event. What has remained unknown howver is if the company will announce other product or services during the event.

Today, Cult of Mac reports that along with the iPad 2, Apple will also introduce its revamped cloud-based MobileMe service. The updated service will reportedly allow users to upload media to Apple’s servers and then allow users to access that media from a variety of internet-connected mobile devices.

The Apple staffer, who asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, said the new MobileMe service will store music, TV shows, and films that were purchased from the iTunes store. The staffer also said that there was talk inside Apple of being able to upload all your music and videos to the cloud whether it was purchased from iTunes or not. However, they couldn’t confirm whether this will be rolled out or not.

Apple recently discontinued its retail boxes of MobileMe, leading many to speculate that the service will eventually be free and that an update to the service is coming. However, this retail change could simply be Apple preparing a new method to charge for MobileMe.

Cult of Mac further reports that the upcoming iPad 2 is considered to be a speed-bump of the existing iPad rather than a true update of the device. A more major revamp is reportedly set for release later in 2011.

The Apple staffer declined to give details about the iPad 2 or 3, but said:

For the iPad 2 don’t get your hopes up too high. That’s all I’m going to say. They’ve had a number of problems along the way, and the third-generation iPad is the one to make a song and a dance about.

There have been rumor reports suggesting that Apple may plan to launch an “iPad 3″ later in 2011. At this time however an “iPad 3″ is mostly speculation.

[Cult of Mac]

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  • Anonymous

    I doubt apple will release an “iPad 3″ later 2011, probably Q1 of 2012.

    Why? It’ll screw a lot of people that held off from purchasing the iPad 1 and waiting for the iPad 2.

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    Here is a similar story

    Those rumors we heard, you know, about an Apple event on Wednesday March 2nd, it turns out that they’re true. Apple is in fact having an event that day, and judging from the invite (above) it will have something to do with the iPad. Given the timing and the amount of rumors/leaks lately it seems safe to assume that in one week’s time we’ll meet the second generation iPad.

    We hear the event is scheduled for 1pm Eastern (10am Pacific) on Wednesday of next week at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.