Apple has constantly improved its ability to keep its product development under wraps. So, all we can do today is offer you our best attempt at speculation The iPad 2’s rumored specs seem to change with the wind, but I bet that Apple has something up its sleeve.

The rumor mill is in full swing as we post this article, with Apple Fans and speculators beating the proverbial drum, clamoring for more Apple goodness. We hope that the recent rumor that the iPad 2 will ship with an extremely weak 1MP rear camera doesn’t come true, for that would be technological regression. 1MP is simply terrible for video, and if true, you can toss out 720p video capture. Putting a low-res rear camera in iPad 2 would be a huge mistake and allow a whole generation of Android tabs to move in on its turf. iPad 2 needs to include a camera as least as good as the iPhone 4’s.

[UPDATE] The iPad 2 has just been released, check out our comparison here

Even though the Ipad is really nothing more than an over sized Iphone, we always appreciate seeing the mobile space as highly competitive.  I’m also starting to lose hope that the iPad 2 will have a Retina Display, although I still hope that Apple finds a way to pull it off. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple settling on 1280 x 800 — it’d be bump up from the iPad 1 and would match up better against the likes of Samsung, Motorola and Toshiba.

Let’s all collectively cross our fingers that Apple finally comes to its senses and includes a removable memory card slot and Micro USB port in the new iPad. Since it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see a removable battery from Apple again, SD and USB would be huge steps in the right direction. Too bad Apple hasn’t figured out a way to add a new overpriced dock or add-on to enable these industry standard features.

Anyway, check out the spec comparison. Hopefully the Ipad 2 can give the Motorola Xoom a run for its money.

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.