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