iPad 2.0: The Usual Suspects and An iPad Mini in the works?

While rumors abound that the second generation iPad is already in the works and set for release sometime in the first quarter of 2011, word from various manufacturers in Asia are pointing to the possibility that on top of the anticipated product refresh of the iPad early next year, there might be another iPad in the works. Some have dubbed it, in fact, as the iPad Mini.

While Steve Jobs himself scathingly dismissed the notion of 7-inch tablets (back in October, he publicly said such a screen would be “too small to express the software”), a fresh wave of rumors points to the alleged production of smaller iPads, much like the recent offerings of Android competitors. In particular, a recent Reuters article suggested that Apple is preparing new “iPads” for the coming year.

If true, then a slightly smaller iPad would diversify the current tablet offerings, giving consumers the promise of portability minus the current weight of the iPad, which is considerably light but difficult to hold with one hand for extended periods of time when say, reading an eBook.

Expected in the next generation iPad are front-facing and back cameras in line with Facetime integration across all major Apple devices, better resolution (though retina display just like the iPhone 4 is unlikely), less bulk and a slimmer form factor.

[via CNET]

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