With Apple’s iPad media event only a day away, many people are asking just what Apple is expected to announce tomorrow. We have heard rumors and seen purported next-generation iPad parts leak practically since right after the first iPad launched. Thanks to third-party case manufacturers, we have also been given renders and even physical mockups of the forthcoming iPad 2. We’ve tried to separate the nonsense from the plausible, and here’s what we’re expecting from tomorrow’s event:

  • A much thinner and lighter iPad. We’re talking seriously thin.
  • A slightly thinner bezel around the iPad’s display, making the device’s footprint just a tad bit smaller.
  • A dual-core Apple processor, possibly named A5
  • 512MB of RAM
  • A front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for FaceTime HD
  • A rear-facing 2-megapixel camera
  • Support for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks out of the box
  • Photo Booth for iPad
  • Availability within 1-2 weeks, new price points starting at $399 for the entry-level Wi-Fi model
  • Announcement and preview of iOS 5 to be released in the summer

We’ll know definitively tomorrow just after 1:00PM ET, but in the meantime, chime in with your own predictions and wishes, alright?