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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 Alexstarfire on 2/10/2011 1:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
The iPad isn't a good product for most people. Then again, I think that also applies to nearly all, if not all, tablets. The tablet, at least iPad size, doesn't seem like a good fit to me. 10" tablets seem too big to replace a laptop. A 7" one could be a good fit, but I haven't actually used one enough to know. Might be just a bit too small.

And I know you might say it's not meant to replace a laptop, but think about it for a second. If a tablet isn't meant to replace a laptop and a laptop isn't meant to replace a desktop then you basically have 4 devices to do almost the exact same things: phone, tablet, laptop, and a desktop. That just doesn't make sense to me.

These new tablets and the classic/original/old tablets have largely different markets. The iPad targets consumers, based on price alone, while the other tablets, namely Windows, were more for business users. No one argues that the Windows tablets weren't far more versatile and more feature rich; however, they also came with a high price.

I have to agree with SPOOFE when he says Apple just got it in the right price range. I still think that even in that price range a notebook is a much better option but it consumers something to think about since the prices are pretty similar.


RE: I don't get it
By SPOOFE on 2/10/2011 3:23:06 PM , Rating: 2
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If a tablet isn't meant to replace a laptop and a laptop isn't meant to replace a desktop then you basically have 4 devices to do almost the exact same things:

Did you know that there are people that own more than one TV? Shocking, I know! They own multiple devices that do the exact same thing! Why would people do that? Don't they know they only need one of a thing to do the things that that thing does?

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That just doesn't make sense to me.

Do you always do a given thing in the same spot at the same time with the same purpose? Or do you use items in different ways depending on your desired task?


RE: I don't get it
By robinthakur on 2/24/2011 10:00:27 AM , Rating: 2
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The iPad isn't a good product for most people.


I don't know where you pluck this statement of fact from. I'm pretty sure that 'most people' browse the net, do their email and view pictures on computers. They probably do office program stuff as well, but generally that's on business machines at work, not their home machines.

The iPad is perfect for all of those uses apart from business use, and I know several businesses (Banks and recruitment mainly) that have deployed iPad's to their workforce. For many users the iPad could easily replace their laptop and for a slightly smaller number, it could replace their desktop too. Chuck in the games and it could replace your PSP/DS all for about £4-500. Tablets before the ipad ran to about £1500 minimum, were bulky, ugly and heavy and ran Windows, an OS designed for high res monitors and KB and mouse combos. As people write less these days (in general) handwriting recognition is far less appealing than it was in the early 90's.

Note that this assumes that 99% of everybody does not want to edit and transcode HD videos or create 3D animations in Maya or play Crysis 2, which is accurate...

Is Apple's lead in the Tablet market unassailable? Certainly not. Do I think the competition on the market at the moment is a complete joke compared to the admittedly limited usability of the iPad? Absolutely. The problem is that despite both Android and Apple having App Stores, the Apps I tried on Android (on a Galaxy Tab) seemed to run shockingly badly if they even ran at all and in general, you can see why it is a one horse race currently. The innovative apps which have been written for the Appstore extend the iPad's utility immeasurably and this is for some reason not taken into account alot of the time.


"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad














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