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What would you want in a new iPad?

December 10, 2010

BELGIUM/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.

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While iPad2 is going to be good and on par in features with Galaxy tab, it’ll probably cost the same $500 – $800 as the current iPad or even more. However, for $249 you can now get Android eReader/tablet hybrid device which combines the better parts of both eReader and tablet worlds. Such device is Nook Color from Barnes & Noble which has USB port (unlike current iPad). Nook Color has a new generation screen which is anti-glare coated and is better performing in sunlight and for reducing eye strain than current iPad’s. The screen is one of the best and sharpest on the market and it’s viewable at wide angles. It is great for PDF’s, much better than Kindle. From the cost side, while more expensive than e-Ink Nook or Kindle, you can buy two Nook Color’s for the price of one iPad. One can say that there’s not many apps available for Nook Color – yet. Nook Color has several apps that already come with the device (Pandora Internet radio, QuickOffice, etc.) Also, Barnes & Noble recently released Nook SDK and Nook Developer platform that will allow most of the existing 100,000 Android apps be ported to it. With each firmware update, the device will become better and better and more and more apps will appear for it. Don’t forget that it was only released in November of this year and (according to the new reports) B&N is scheduled to ship more than 1 million units by the end of 2010 – yes, in a little more than one month! Rest assured, a lot of existing and new Android apps will be flowing in for this device very soon.

Posted by hereone | Report as abusive

If Apple would add an IR transmitter to the Ipod/Ipad devices they would rule the aftermarket remote control world.

Posted by BAVS | Report as abusive

Shave off some weight and make it easier to read outdoors.

Posted by RichardBaum | Report as abusive

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