Web developer Chris Galzerano has been digging through the latest beta of iOS 4.3, and his digital archeology has uncovered some interesting hints about what the iPad 2 will look like and what hardware it will boast.
First, iOS 4.3 seems to strongly imply that the Verizon will have its own iPad. The firmware describes iPad 2,1, iPad 2,2 and iPad 2,3, which suggests three models in WiFi, 3G GSM/UMTS and 3G CDMA flavors.
In other plist files, Galzerano has spotted references for a 3MP camera, which contradicts reports that the iPad 2 would share the current gen iPod Touch’s camera innards. Sure, it’s not as beefy as the iPhone 4’s 5MP sensor, but 3MP is quite respectable for a camera you’re realistically not going to be using very much anyway (the FaceTime camera is likely to get more casual play).
Additionally, Galzerano spotted references to a Displayport, confirming rumors that the iPad 2 would be capable of outputting video to external displays. There’s also mention of a compass and a “gas gauge” which I’d speculate is a hardware indicator of how much battery life the iPad 2 has left and not, perhaps, the first indication that the iPad 2 will be rechargeable at any pump.