AppleInsider is reporting that the editor in chief of Mobile Review, Eldar Murtazin, recently wrote on Twitter that a source has informed him that the iPad 2 will have a USB port.
The tweet, as posted on TwitLonger:
Talked with colleague which working with some ODM vendors connected with Apple. He is research guy. According to his sources iPad2 will have usb port.
This isn’t the first time rumors of the iPad 2’s USB port materialized. Last month the Economic Daily News (as reported by DigiTimes) published rumors that the iPad 2 would have a USB port along with several other new hardware features. This is what I wrote about the USB port last month:
I highly doubt the iPad will be gaining a USB port. One could argue that a USB port would make the iPad more computer-like but Apple doesn’t want the iPad to feel like a computer, they want it to feel like something different. And the biggest problem with adding a USB port is that users would have an expectation that it would work with external hard drives, printers, and all sorts of other peripherals that iOS may never support.
What I failed to realize when I wrote that and what AppleInsider points out in the aforementioned piece is that this USB port could be the result of an agreement between European device makers that ensures that micro-USB would serve as a charger for mobile devices.
I’m not sure if the iPad 2 will have a USB port but the rumors are certainly pointing to it. I’m still worried about the customer’s expectations when they are shown a USB port, but if the port is of the micro-USB variety I think a lot of those expectations will disappear. But, then the question has to be asked: will the 30-pin iPod connector be replaced by the micro-USB port or will the iPad 2 have both ports?