7in iPad 2 to have USB port, two cameras?

Dan Nystedt
29 November, 2010
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Rumours continue to swirl over Apple’s next generation iPad, and one 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 reported in August that the device would have a 7in 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 7in 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.

[Given that Steve Jobs recently voiced his strong opinion against tablets smaller than 10 inches, we wouldn't bet too much on this rumour. But a USB port and front- and rear-facing cameras will surely make the iPad even more successful. – Ed]


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  1. Ben says:

    There is no way Apple will go for a 7 inch screen, not after what Jobs said! Furthermore, Apple think of their developers and app market, to introduce a third screen size would burden developers, some will probably just reject the thought of developing for the screen estate.

  2. James | Apple Downunder says:

    What are the advantages of having a 7 in screen? I can only see functionality being reduced if the screen size was decreased.. and two inches isn’t going to increase portability by a great stretch.

  3. Peter T. says:

    The change from 10″ to 7″ means an effective reduction of screen size by more than half. I’ll stick with my iPad. and, like that other two posters, I also doubt that Apple will release a 7″ iPad.

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