Rumor: iPad 2 to lack SD slot, high-res display

ipadApple’s iPad 2 won’t have two key features that some folks have been hoping for, a new report claims.

Citing unnamed sources, Engadget reported late yesterday that the iPad 2 won’t launch with a high-resolution display or with an SD card slot. Apple initially planned on delivering those two features in the updated tablet, Engadget said, but apparently “engineering issues” caused the company to modify its plans at the last minute.

Earlier reports suggested that the iPad 2 could feature the Retina Display, Apple’s high-resolution screen found in the iPhone 4.

As with any Apple-related rumor, it’s important to take Engadget’s claims with a grain of salt. Apple is one of the more secretive companies in the tech industry, and rumors surrounding its products run rampant for months prior to a big announcement.

In fact, Engadget’s report follows several others claiming the tablet will come with a more-powerful processor and a thinner body. Yet other rumors claim the device will feature both front- and rear-facing cameras and won’t be available until June.

For its part, Apple isn’t talking. The company did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. But we should find out everything we want to know about the iPad 2 at an Apple event on Wednesday.