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Apple CEO Steve Jobs holding up the iPad.  (Source: NYDailyNews.com)
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 Motoman on 2/9/2011 10:53:56 AM , Rating: 1
Apple wasn't the first in the tablet form factor.

They were the first entry to the market with a built-in army of zombie consumers who mindlessly do whatever they're told to.

And realistically, as we have seen, it isn't even important that Apple products have expected feature sets, have good engineering (and therefore work as intended), or even good quality. Apple is in a very special position that in all reality no one else will ever attain - and it hasn't got the slightest thing to do with their products, but rather is a really interesting study into human behavior.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 2:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
They were the first entry to the market with a built-in army of zombie consumers who mindlessly do whatever they're told to.

Or maybe they were the first to treat a tablet as if it could be a mass-market product, with price and support to match. Can you think of another tablet product that came out at $500 with the sheer extent of essentially specialized software for it? If you can, that would legitimize your assertion.


RE: I don't get it
By michael2k on 2/9/2011 11:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's Newton MessagePad in 1993 kinda qualifies as the first tablet form factor, actually.


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