iPad 2 rumors have been heating up lately, which should come as no surprise since mass production of the device should be starting at some point soon for an April launch. According to Digitimes, the source of more than one iPad 2 rumor, Apple will be releasing three different versions of the second iPad: WiFi-only, UMTS, and CDMA. Additionally, the report claims that Apple has been hard at work to make the iPad 2's screen more smudge and glare-resistant. Finally, Eldar Murtazin, usually known for his Nokia-related rumors and leaks, has added to the iPad 2 rumor mill. Murtazin says that he's been told by a colleague that the iPad 2 will sport a USB port.
Considering that Verizon is selling the current iPad bundled with an EV-DO MiFi, and will likely carry a CDMA iPhone in the near future, a CDMA iPad doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility. Also, the current iPad's screen is kind of a smudge magnet, and the 10-inch display only magnifies that problem, so the improved screen will be a welcome enhancement if it becomes reality. The USB rumor is one that's popped up before, but I'm still not convinced that it'll happen. As I've said before, Apple has stuck with their 30-pin connectors for years, and I can't see them switching to USB all of a sudden, even if it is slowly becoming the standard. So with the possibility of a new processor, thinner case, CDMA compatibility, and a plethora of other improvements, who's getting excited for the iPad 2?