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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 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.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs

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