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Next iPad To Be Thinner, Feature Camera & MiniUSB?

by on September 28th, 2010

As we get closer to Spring 2011, the rumors and predictions for iPad version 2.0 begin to come out.

This week, Goldman Sachs analysts claim that the next generation Apple iPad will feature a camera, miniUSB, and be thinner/lighter. Furthermore, the estimated release date is Q2 of 2011:

Apple Inc. may introduce its second-generation iPad in the second quarter of 2011, said Henry King and Kevin Lu, analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc, in a report dated 27 September. The new 9.7-inch iPad is targeted to be thinner and lighter, with an embedded camera and mini USB, according to the report.

While the report does not distinguish if the camera is front or back facing, a front-facing camera is fully expected in the next iPad.

On the weird end is the inclusion of miniUSB. Since 2001, Apple has stayed with its proprietary 30-pin dock connector with no indication for change. The likelihood of such a change is low.

While rumors and speculation are good to chat about it, it is worth noting that the Goldman Sachs analysts, Henry King and Kevin Lu, have not had much of a record for Apple predictions.

What do you think? Camera, miniUSB, and thinner/lighter or not?

[MacRumors]

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