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Next iPad To Feature Carbon Casing, NFC/RFID, 7-Inch Model?

by on February 5th, 2011

iLounge reports that a previously accurate source has provided some new details on the second-generation iPad.

NFC/RFID Accessories

The first new detail indicates that the next iPad may feature new accessories designed to communicate with NFC-equipped iPhone and iPod touch devices. Such an accessory could announce the presence of an iPad to another iPad or iPhone, for example, without the need for Bluetooth or other connections.

The iLounge source further indicates such a chip could be imbedded into a device accessory case.

Carbon Casing

The second new detail is a possible new type of outer casing for the second-generation iPad. Apple may use a new material similar to carbon fiber instead of the current aluminum in an effort to reduce the overall weight of the iPad.

Apple has already applied for a patent on this, and the second-generation iPad shells made from this new material have reportedly been seen in the wild.

7-Inch iPad

The last detail is the elusive 7-inch iPad. Last year, Apple squashed rumors of a 7-inch iPad, but the rumor continues to live. Apparently an iDevice component provider has been asked by Apple to develop a part for use in a 7-inch model.

The claimed source indicates that this component could be for a new version of the iPad still in development. While a 7-inch iPad may not go into production, this information suggests that Apple may be keeping the idea on standby.

Remember, as with any type of rumor, take everything with a note of caution.

[iLounge]

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