Apple has always been known to create market hype before the launch of any new product. Early February of 2011, there were rumors floating in the market of Apple’s proposed 7 inch tablet offering with Near Field Communication (NFC) and even an exclusive Carbon Fiber Shell.
Laying all rumors to rest, on March 2, Apple launched the 9.7 inch iPad 2, in black and white models, in metal and glass shell, and a mercury free LED backlit display. As regards the Near Field Communication aspect, there is no news whatsoever. The launch does not point towards the availability of this feature. NFC is a feature wherein, principally, an accessory could announce its presence and potential functions, to an iPad without the need of a Bluetooth connection. A radio chip in the device, added, would bring in NFC, and make it advantageous for communication, in close proximity.
All iPad models are expected to come with built in Wi-Fi. The 3G data service, using cellular signals for Internet connectivity is also expected in some of the iPad versions. The iPad 2 as announced, expected to be on the stands, sometime in March / April in the US and a few other locations, is expected to support a wide variety of language support, keyboard support and dictionary support. The iPad 2 will also support a variety of mail attachment viewing features including, .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel).
The one major feature that the earlier version of iPad found missing, was the availability of cameras. The iPad 2 comes with a back camera: video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom, front camera: VGA up to 30 frames per second with audio; and VGA-quality still camera,