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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 SPOOFE on 2/10/2011 3:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
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Why do people leave these things off of their quotes?

In this case, it's because I didn't want to quote irrelevent text.

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I was addressing the fad.

With the implicit assumption that it IS a fad. Tablets have been around for a decade. Fad?

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And yes people who follow a fad are simple minded (with respect to that fad. They might be geniuses regarding other things).

You made the baseless assumption that they "fall for marketing tricks". Instead of whining about how I didn't quote everything you wanted me to quote, maybe you should be supporting the claim that "marketing tricks" are what's driving iPad sales, as opposed to some other phenomenon?

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This is Apple saying that blue is the new black and nearly nothing more.

This sentence is just meaningless drivel. If you want people to quote more of what you say, then say things that are less inane.

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If HP, MS, Sony or anyone else would've done the same exact thing (even with a real OS on it), it would be a different story.

It's fun to make claims that are physically impossible to disprove. How's this? If HP, MS, Sony or anyone would've done the same exact thing, it would have been essentially the same exact story.

You seem to think the iPad exists in a vacuum. It doesn't. Tablets have been around for a long time. Tablets have driven very hype-filled news stories for a long time. A smart person looks at all the variables and tries to narrow it down to as few variables as possible. What's the biggest difference between the iPad and previous tablets? Price! All else being equal, cheap stuff sells better than expensive stuff! Is this some amazingly difficult concept to grasp?


RE: I don't get it
By NellyFromMA on 2/15/2011 10:10:15 AM , Rating: 2
How can all else be equal... Even a Windows XP tablet can do infintitely more than an iPad... Don't get me wrong, I don't even think the two are comparable even in their target audience, but to say the price difference is the only variable is a bad claim. an iPad is by far a less capable device. That doesn't make it a bad one and in fact it does a lot of what its target audience needs, but it doesn't do so at a value. To claim it does is turning a blind eye to many obvious facts.


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