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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 Drag0nFire on 2/9/2011 11:45:30 AM , Rating: 3
I think one key factor is that (rightly or wrongly) netbooks are viewed as competing with traditional desktop and notebook pcs (which have a higher profit margin). Thus, if Apple made a netbook, it might lose sales of its MacBooks.

A tablet does not truly replace a traditional pc, so manufactures do not hesitate to enter the market.

RE: I don't get it
By theapparition on 2/9/2011 1:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
A tablet does not truly replace a traditional pc, so manufactures do not hesitate to enter the market.

I'd personally agree with you for technophiles, but unfortunately for most consumers that is not the case.

A tablet can surf the web, read and compose email, update social networking status, and run some rudimentary games and applications. That's 90% of casual use right there. For many, that's 100% of thier requirements in a computer.

Let's take the always popular hypothetical "grandma". What use will she get out of a PC that eclipses that of a tablet? How about the "soccer mom" demographic? Or the trendy cafe yuppie?

Business users will almost always require the more power and content creation abilities of a full OS. Same with gamers, just for the power aspect. But tablets offer instant on and touch friendly OSs in a simplified form. That's what many people have been looking for.

The reason why previous tablets did so poorly was because they were on non-touch optimized OS and required PC level hardware, custom miniature packaged (read expensive) in a tablet form factor. Windows tablets were around for ages, but usability was mediocre and prices make the $800 Xoom look like a super bargin. Apple didn't innovate. In fact they've rarely innovated. But they do know how to simplify, improve and market.

RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 3:03:06 PM , Rating: 2
Business users will almost always require the more power and content creation abilities of a full OS.

But they're also just the sort of consumer likely to want or need (and be able to afford) multiple gadgets.

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