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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 Solandri on 2/9/2011 2:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
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Media giving Apple felatio on a constant basis is why the difference between the rise of the Netbook and the rise of the tablet.

That's basically it. Apple was the only hardware manufacturer willing to play ball with the print publishing industry (newspapers, magazines) when it came to electronic publishing of their periodicals. That's why the iPad is so locked down - can't install apps outside of the App Store, no USB, no external storage, can't print. It was all done to appease the publishing industry's concerns about people copying the electronic versions of their publications.

In return, the publishing industry lavishes Apple and the iPad in particular with abundant attention and praise. They want it to succeed, market forces be damned, because they see it as their messiah which will lead them into the holy land of electronic publishing without having their business models overturned like MP3s and filesharing did to the music publishing industry. There's an enormous bias in the publishing industry in favor of the iPad, and a bias against open tablet platforms like Android.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/9/2011 2:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
Occam's Razor says otherwise: The iPad became the first popular tablet because it was the first CHEAP tablet.

Price, price, price. Why do so many people have a hard time realizing that, up 'til the iPad, tablets were treated as niche products for limited markets with the resultant high prices to match?


RE: I don't get it
By NellyFromMA on 2/15/2011 10:05:18 AM , Rating: 2
It was hardly cheap, particularly the 3G version. Also, its quality was sort of lack luster. Lets not forget the glaringly obvious fact that it was essentially a macro-iPhone / iPod Touch. Apple sells product great and makes excellent margins, but that has nothing to do with consumers benefitting. They got the same thing, just bigger. It didn't take a genious to figure out the crippling part of the 'smart phone experience' was the small form factor. It just took a company that loves exploiting its fan base for huge dollars to do it. Go figure.


RE: I don't get it
By robinthakur on 2/24/2011 11:03:09 AM , Rating: 2
Apple has always been looked upon beneficially by the print and publishing industries, this is nothing new. They concentrate obsessively on the same things, unispace fonts, widely used design programs, beautifully designed products, colour accuracy etc. The fact that they are now doing really well, as opposed to barely holding their heads above water just makes the evangelism easier for the industry. In terms of the control Apple exerts over content and the DRM, which hardly any iTunes user is aware of until they decide to buy a device not from Apple, this is also in the content producer's interests, obviously because they lose less to piracy. Open Platform and no DRM is effectively industry over for them, I wouldn't think that any industry wants that... The fact that the devices are well designed, pretty and shiny to look at means that for once, technology does not sit uncomfortably with popular design and fashion. I would say that it's unheard of for most media outlets to really get excited of their own volition about any technology articles (bar videogame consoles, once in a blue moon) beyond what the company's PR is putting out, but Apple succeeds where others fail in this regard.


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