The iPad 2, iPhone 5, and Apple TV

Joshua Topolsky published a ton of solid information Friday night regarding the next-generation iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV. Sources like the ones that detailed the latest Apple TV update have given them this information and I expect it to be incredibly accurate. Not only does Engadget have fantastic sources but they are unlikely to publish rumors that they aren’t confident in.

Engadget has been told that the iPad will be released around April and will feature an SD card slot, dual-facing cameras, and a Retina-like display. An SD card slot may be surprising to some but I’ve been expecting it. When DigiTimes first published rumors of a USB port in the iPad 2 I firmly believed that the iPad would receive an SD card slot long before Apple would ever put a USB port in an iOS device. Unfortunately, I never published these thoughts because Milind Alvares beat me to it. With regards to the Retina-like iPad display, Engadget isn’t the only one with information supporting this. 9 to 5 Mac’s Mark Gurman found evidence of a Retina iPad back in June when Apple developer documents mentioned high-resolution image variations with resolutions at two times the current iPad display’s resolution. 2048×1536 sounds like the logical next step for the iPad display.

Engadget’s sources also said that the new Apple TV will include a new Cortex A9-based multi-core processor that Apple has been working on called the Apple A5. The iPad 2 will also likely receive the new A5 but Engadget has yet to confirm it. This new processor is said to be able to crank out 1080p video “like running water.”

And, regarding the iPhone 5:

We don’t have much info on the phone at this point, but our understanding is that the new device will be a total rethink from a design standpoint and will be running atop Apple’s new A5 CPU (a Cortex A9-based, multi-core chip). This device, like the iPad 2, will feature a Qualcomm chipset that does triple duty as the CDMA / GSM / UMTS baseband processor — from what we hear there’s no LTE in the mix at this point.

Building one handset and tablet that can be sold by two carriers simultaneously makes perfect sense. And, this is exactly what I expected with the iPhone 5. Why would Apple want to put themselves through the agony of trying to anticipate how many CDMA iPhones to manufacture compared to GSM handsets? With just one SKU Apple can manufacture iPhone 5s at full capacity and simply send out units to carriers as they are requested.

I’m incredibly excited about the iPhone 5 and can safely say that I’ll be purchasing two on release day. One will be for me and the other will be for my girlfriend. And if a white version is available when we make our purchase, one of us will get it instead of the traditional black model. We’re both currently using iPhone 3GSs and — because my upgrade eligibility wasn’t until February of this year — we both decided to skip the iPhone 4 and wait for the iPhone 5 in June. And I won’t be making the same mistake I did with the 3GS release.