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Apple CEO Steve Jobs holding up the iPad.  (Source:
Next-gen device will be lighter, thinner, and sport a front-facing camera

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a new version of Apple's iPad -- one with a faster processor and at least a front-facing camera -- is now being manufactured.

Despite earlier reports of improved resolution, the unnamed sources in the WSJ report fail to corroborate that rumor, saying that the new iPad will have a resolution similar to its first-generation cohort. "People familiar with the situation said Apple has had trouble improving the display technology, in part because of the iPad screen's larger size compared with the iPhone," WSJ reports.

However, the new device is allegedly lighter and thinner than the current iPad, will boast more memory, a more powerful GPU, and will sport at least a front-facing camera for video conferencing. 

Since its debut in last April, the iPad has reportedly moved 14.8 million units. The iPad 2 is expected to launch in the next few months, and will be available from both Verizon and AT&T at roughly the same price as the current model. Analysts Piper Jaffray & Co. predict Apple will move 27 million iPads this year, while others predict a number as high as 35 million units.  

Meanwhile, research firm IHS iSuppli believes that the iPad's market share could decline to less than 50% of the tablet market that by 2013.

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RE: I don't get it
By Pirks on 2/9/2011 10:20:34 AM , Rating: 2
why do everyone want to get in on tablet craze while back then most stay away from netbook?
Compare profit Apple gets from one tablet sold, and profit that Acer gets from one netbook sold. See any difference?

RE: I don't get it
By omnicronx on 2/9/2011 12:13:02 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, for once Pirks is correct.

Profit margins were and still are pretty much nothing as far as netbook sales are concerned.

So you guys can give the conspiracy theories a rest on this one ;)

Though the OP's comment does seem to have some merit in previous instances, just not with netbooks.

RE: I don't get it
By artemicion on 2/9/2011 12:50:01 PM , Rating: 2
Second. I remember when the netbook craze was gaining traction, PC manufacturers complained that the netbook was cannibalizing their profits from more expensive machines.

Not only profit margins, but also people who own netbooks can probably get away with not owning another computer more easily than people with tablets. I'm running with a desktop + tablet right now. I can't imagine running with just a tablet.

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