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Apple's Oscar Hopes: What to Expect From 'iPad 2: The Sequel'

By Clayton Morris
Published February 28, 2011

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
The iPad after it was unveiled at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in early 2010. Apple is expected to unveil the second generation of its wildly successful media tablet this week, widening its head start against competitors just starting to sell their first tablet computers.

Sequels very seldom win public acclaim, unless youre talking about "The Godfather II" or "The Empire Strikes Back." And the Apple iPad, of course.

On Wednesday Apple will release "iPad: Part II" -- the follow-up to the risky, untested, [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]Silicon[/COLOR][/COLOR]-Valley thriller "iPad: Begins." It was a hit the world over and a darling of the Academy that sold a whopping 15 million units. No one predicted that.

When movie sequels come out, they have a hard time impressing. Just consider "The Matrix Reloaded" or "Caddyshack 2." Or even "Weekend at Bernie's II" -- all major disappointments. But I have high hopes for iPad II.

In a world where all Internet video runs on [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]Adobe[/COLOR][/COLOR] Flash ... In a world where most mobile gadgets have front-facing cameras ... In a world where super-high-definition screens are the norm ...

In that world, the Apple iPad still rules the roost -- even though it lacks all of the above. Weve seen dozens of tablets hit the market this year, all of them furiously trying to compete with it. The problem is that they are only just catching up with where the iPad started. None of them, in my opinion, surpass the iPad in functionality or finesse, and certainly not in apps. So when the iPad II hits the market, it could very easily put this years tablets yet another year behind.

Even the Motorola Xoom, unveiled in early January and finally released just a few days ago, doesn't have the stats to be an iPad killer. Sure, it impresses with speed and specs. And sure, it has a front-facing camera. but when the iPad II comes out with its widely anticipated front-facing camera, this will be a meaningless point.

The Xoom also holds the record for speed, too -- but perhaps not for long. My sources at Apple assure me that the next iteration of iPad will be not only fast but "wicked fast."

Will it be 4G? I doubt it. But the guts in the new iPad will be speedy, with Apple's rumored next-generation A5 processor. The Motorola Xoom runs on a dual-core, 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor; it stands to reason that Apple will at least see this bet, and perhaps raise the stakes?

With all of this speed, youd think [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]battery [COLOR=blue ! important]life[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] might be compromised. [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]Guess[/COLOR][/COLOR] again. My sources at Apple assure me that this is not the case. The iPad is notorious for under-promising and over-delivering on battery life. I get upwards of 12 hours per charge. With increased performance, it will be an impressive feat for the battery life to remain constant.

Then there's the price. I dont think Apple will significantly drop the cost of this [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]gadget[/COLOR][/COLOR] the way the company did with the original iPhone. Apple has proven that the price is already right, after all. It sells. A lot. And since the iPad is $100 cheaper than the Motorola Xoom, it will continue to sell. Other tablet manufactures simply cant compete with Apples supply chain, from glass to silicon.

So I guess you could say that Im excited about this weeks iPad launch. I'm definitely more excited than I was last week when the wraps came off of the Motorola Xoom. Again, the Xoom is a good tablet, but it isnt a great tablet.

Apple did it first and did it right and Im excited to see the company do it again. My tickets to the sequel have been purchased (and by tickets I mean plane tickets), and my expectations are high. Lets just hope "iPad: Part II" is nothing like "Transformers 2."

Clayton Morris is a Fox and Friends host. Follow Clayton's adventures online on Twitter @ClaytonMorris and by reading his daily updates at his blog.

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