The Market Hungers for News about Steve Jobs
5. A preview of iOS 5
With the launch of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it's clear now that iOS 4 just doesn't do a good enough job on the iPad. Apple's operating system is great, but it doesn't come with a full browser, 3D capability and several other key features that make Google's platform so appealing. Thus it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see Apple talk about iOS 5 and discuss when it will be made available to the iPad 2. At this point, that release looks like it will happen in the summer when the iPhone 5 launches.
6. An update on Steve Jobs
Apple has remained relatively tight-lipped about its future leadership. For now, Steve Jobs is still at the helm and that probably won't change anytime soon. But Apple might talk a little about Steve Jobs at its Mar. 2 event not only to clear the air on all the rumors surrounding his health, but also to use the platform to quell some unrest among investors. The stage is set for Apple to talk about a lot more than just new products. So it shouldn't surprise anyone if it uses this event to disclose other news to help its stock price.
7. The same pricing
When Apple finally gets through all the new specifications of the iPad 2, expect the company to announce the same pricing for its device. Improving products and offering them at the same price has been a strategy Apple has followed across several different markets. With the iPad 2, look for the company to offer an improved device for the same price as current models. Not only will it add value to the product, but it will also keep Apple on the same pace as competitors.
8. More storage
Expect Apple to bring more storage to the iPad 2. Apple currently offers 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPad models. But as more and more applications become available and iTunes content becomes more important to users, it's clear that the 16GB model won't cut it any longer. Apple could very well make the 32GB version its baseline and offer up to 128GB of storage when it announces the iPad 2.
9. The end of the MiFi 2200 Hotspot
One of the biggest issues with the iPad is that it doesn't come with support for Verizon's 3G network built-in. So if iPad owners want to access the carrier's network, they need to have another device, like the MiFi 2200 Hotspot, to get on Verizon's 3G. Expect that to no longer be an issue when the iPad 2 launches and works with both AT&T's and Verizon's 3G networks out of the box.
10. Free MobileMe
It might not be iPad 2-related, but Apple could announce that MobileMe, which currently costs customers $99 per year, will be offered for free. MobileMe delivers several important features, including the ability to sync iOS-based devices and the Mac, as well as share content. Recent rumors suggest the service will be offered for free in the near future, and it would only make sense for Apple to announce that at its iPad 2 event.