While the Apple iPad is the #1 tech gift on every gadget geek’s Xmas list this year it’s already time to start thinking about the iPad 2. According to a new report from a very reputable Taiwanese newspaper (the same newspaper that correctly reported that the iPad would be a touchscreen tablet before anyone else), Apple is planning to release the second generation iPad in the first quarter of 2011. According to the paper, the iPad 2 will feature two cameras (one front-facing, one in the back) with the ability for FaceTime video chat, an updated higher resolution touchscreen and … a USB port! At this point, we prolly should take all of this info with a huge grain of salt … but the newspaper making these claims have been right before, they very well may be right again:
Rumors continue to swirl over Apple’s next generation iPad, and one reliable Taiwanese newspaper says the new device will be out in the first quarter of 2011, complete with video calling, two cameras, new display and touch technology, and a USB port to connect easily to other devices. The Chinese-language Economic Daily News financial newspaper, which was among the first to correctly report that Apple was making a tablet when other news sources said it would be a netbook, on Friday reported that the new iPad 2 will go into production this month and will be on sale early next year. The same newspaper in August reported that the device would have a 7-inch touchscreen. Taiwanese newspapers sometimes win scoops on new electronics products because Taiwanese companies are involved in every aspect of electronics production, from components to final assembly. For example, the Economic Daily says that Largan Precision will supply camera lenses for the new iPad, while Hon Hai Precision Industry, which operates under the trade name, Foxconn, will be responsible for final assembly. The August report from the Economic Daily said Chimei Innolux will supply 7-inch LCD touchscreens, which use the same IPS (in-plane switching) technology found in the original iPad, for the new device. The companies named in the Economic Daily report declined to comment. Contract manufacturers and component makers normally do not reveal what products they’re working on because failure to maintain secrecy can cause them to lose business.
Now THIS sounds like an iPad that I would like to own. I tried out the iPad when it came out earlier this year and after a few days testing it out, I determined that it really wasn’t the mobile computing device for me. I would be very interested in having an iPad with camera functionality, yes, but what really gets me is the reported USB port. I would LOVE to carry my important docs on a Flash Drive and be able to access them on a “computer” as small as the iPad. I’m not really getting too excited just yet because none of this news has been confirmed … but if the iPad 2 does get a USB port, chances are that I will be shelling out for an iPad 2. What do y’all think? If you’re hoping for an iPad this Xmas … would you rather hold out and wait for the rumored iPad 2 due out early next year?
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