Apple's iPad 2 Event on March 2: 10 Things to Look For

News Analysis: Apple plans to hold a special event to reportedly unveil the iPad 2 on Mar. 2. But what exactly will it announce at the show? Can we expect any surprises?

On Mar. 2, Apple will take to the stage and reportedly talk about the new iPad 2, the follow-up to the wildly popular iPad. Rumors have been swirling for quite some time about what the iPad 2 will offer. Furthermore, speculation abounds over whether the tablet will be able to live up to the success its predecessor continues to enjoy.
Either way, the Mar. 2 event is sure to feature other big announcements besides the iPad 2. Although the iPad 2 will likely be the focus of the event, it's quite possible that Apple will touch on other important aspects of its business, including its mobile operating system and the status of its CEO Steve Jobs, who is currently on a medical leave of absence.
By all measure, the iPad 2 event will have several major announcements. Read on to find out what they will likely be.
1. A slimmer iPad 2
It would only make sense for Apple to show off a slimmer iPad 2 at its event March 2. Numerous reports have surfaced saying the company is trying to make its tablet a bit more mobile. One of the best ways to do that is to reduce the bulkiness of the tablet a bit to make it even easier to carry around. A slimmer iPad 2 isn't all that flashy, but most consumers would probably like to see it.
2. Dual cameras
One of the key drawbacks with the iPad is that it lacks dual cameras. So users can't snap pictures or engage in video chatting with others. However, its competition, including the Motorola Xoom, which launched last week, does come with two cameras. If Apple wants to be on the same level as the competition-and it should-it must offer dual cameras in the iPad 2.
3. An upgrade to 4G
The Motorola Xoom launched with the ability to connect to Verizon's 3G network. In addition, the tablet will receive a free upgrade in the near future, allowing customers to connect to Verizon's 4G network, as well. Although Apple doesn't support 4G with its Verizon iPhone, it's quite possible that the company will offer an upgrade to 4G with the iPad 2 just as Motorola did with its Xoom.
4. Huge sales numbers
If there is anything that Apple is good at, it's talking about how well it's doing. And it wouldn't be surprising if the company delivers even more information about the success the iPad enjoyed last year. Apple will likely talk about sales numbers, consumer opinions on the device, and much more. All that will combine to help the company make an even better case that its tablet, in its opinion, is the best option for customers.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...