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What would you want in a new iPad?
People are still waiting to unwrap their first-generation iPads for Christmas and news is already leaking about what features Apple plans to include on its next version of the popular tablet computer.
One of Apple’s component suppliers confirmed the retooled iPad will come equipped with two cameras, one mounted on the rear for photography and another on the front presumably meant to enable FaceTime video chatting. Another said the revamped model will be slimmer, lighter and boast a better resolution screen display.
A separate supply chain source said Apple was preparing a significantly smaller iPad that is almost half the size of the current model. The current iPad has a 9.7-inch screen.
Apple has yet to announce or even confirm the existence of the iPad 2, but a report earlier this week said the device could be ready to ship from manufacturers as early as February.
Apple-watchers at fan blogs MacRumors and iLounge also spotted images this week of third-party cases purported to be for the iPad 2 posted on Asian websites. The photos show a hole for a rear camera and another rectangular opening that could be for an SD-card slot, which would give users more room to store images.
Other features reported to be included are a USB port for easy connection to other devices, a three-axis gyroscope for motion sensitivity to enhance gaming and a hardware refresh to increase speed and boost graphics support and memory.
Chances are, Apple fans will be stuck waiting until next year before finding out whether any of these rumors are true. The company announced its first iPad last January and could trot out its revamped version at a similar time next year.