I know we are all expecting an iPad 2 announcement next week sometime or maybe the week after, but if I were Apple, I would delay the iPad 2 as long as possible. That is, I would delay it until the forthcoming competitors start providing hard release dates for their tablets. Why you may ask? Apple currently owns the tablet market. The GalaxyTab is not a real contender -- the first real contenders were announced at CES this year -- and they run Honeycomb (which looks and feels very different from Gingerbread). These competitors will certainly have an audience from the Android die-hards, but the general masses will need some time getting comfortable with yet another look and feel for mobile computing. Apple can sit back and keep making good money on iPad 1 up until one of these competitors releases a tablet that could be construed as better than the iPad. So Apple is in a position to sit back and wait and let all the competitors lay their cards on the table. Now that all the competitors have shown their hands, Apple can choose to mass produce whatever prototype they feel best out-shines the competition in hardware and store the units in a warehouse. When the competitors start their media push to create buzz for their coming tablet and announce pricing and the official release date, then Apple can make its move and announce iPad 2 with hardware, pricing, and a release date that will cut the competitors off at the knees. End result is that Apple can do just enough to make their competitors fall short of their tablet goals for the year and make them spend yet another year retooling. This is one reason I think the 2048x1536 resolution is probably off the table for 2010 -- no competitors have announced a tablet with resolution that is significantly better than the iPad 1. While I am sure Apple has a prototype of such a device, I'm pretty sure they will hold that card to be played in 2012. It's much easier to go dual-core CPU and 1GB of RAM that it would be to push a high resolution screen. A 2048x1536 display will yield a phenomenal iBooks reading experience and Safari experience, but I don't think it will capture that much more of the market than Apple already has. The only reason to do it in 2011 would be to raise the bar for tablet so high that competition might be scared off completely. Sometimes Apple chooses to make big jumps like that, but more often they go for what will make them the most money in the long run.