iPad 2 may gain a lightweight high-strength carbon fiber body, according to John Gruber of Daring Fireball.
Gruber accused Engadget of covering an incorrect rumour that Apple has made changes in iPad 2 at the eleventh hour. Nothing has changed in iPad 2 since January, says Gruber.
Eleventh hour, my ass. Nothing in these regards has changed in the iPad 2 since January. Nothing. There was never going to be a higher resolution display in the iPad 2. I’d wager heavily that there was never going to be an SD card slot for it, either, but I don’t know that.
Other than bashing Engadget, he adds in the footnote that iPad 2 may come with carbon fibre body instead of aluminium; however, he says he’s only half sure about that.
I could publish things I’m only half-sure about, like the iPad 2 switching from aluminum to a lightweight high-strength carbon fiber body, but I don’t, because I’m only half-sure and I’ve only heard about it from second-hand sources who themselves are unsure about it. And even if I were to off-handedly mention such speculation, I’d do so in a footnote and take pains to emphasize the uncertain nature of the information and the second-hand status of the sources thereof. What I would never do is take a flyer and report uncertain speculation as a fact, and, if it wound up not panning out, chalk it up to Apple having changed things at the last moment rather than the report being flat-out wrong all along.
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