Apple Readying A Slimmer, Lighter, Dual-Camera iPad

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According to sources within Apple's component supply chain the company is gearing up to introduce a new version of the iPad in 2011 that's slimmer profile and front and back camera will make existing units look like last year's tech.

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Speculation about a camera-equipped iPad began almost immediately after Apple introduced the popular tablet device back in January. Now the word among the companies that supply parts to Apple indicate the company is ramping up production on new products for 2011, one of which is a new iPad that adds a camera to the front and back of the device, similar to the iPhone 4, making it lighter and thinner in the process.

Speaking to Reuters, sources indicated that touchscreen chip creators Wintek Corp, battery maker Simplo Technology, and electronics cover company AVY products are some of the suppliers involved in the next batch of iPads. Of the four people "familiar with the situation" Reuters spoke to, one claimed the new device would be camera-equipped, while another claimed it was slimmer, lighter, and had a higher resolution screen.

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Sources also indicated that camera module makers Genius Electronic Optical Co Ltd and Largan Precision Co Ltd were also joining Apple's supply chain, but could not confirm what product the parts would be used for.

The tablet PC market should grow substantially in 2011, and a camera-equipped model would certainly ensure Apple maintained the lion's share of the market.

As I write this I keep casting spite-filled glances at my camera-less original iPad. How can a company make you love something so much one minute and then despise it the next?

We've reached out to Apple for comment on this rumor, and will update this post should they respond.

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Apple suppliers point to new camera-toting iPad in 2011 [Reuters]

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The Laughing Man

Oh great. :/

Even as an iPhone/iPod owner, this just gets annoying. Is it possible to make a decent electronic device that doesn't have a shelf life of more than a year? I guess not, technology is moving too fast and this works out wonderfully for companies like this.

I have always hated how this occurs, when I had a Mac I felt like almost every year I had to buy a new operating system and the updates were fairly minimal. After a while I stopped updating, only to find out Apply stopped support the OS I had that was maybe about 2 years old.

Thus, further proving that I am an idiotic consumer that will buy things assuming they will be valid longer than a fly's life span. Oh, how gravely mistaken I am!

I would like to say that I stand behind Apple but it gets harder and harder to with all these useless updates. Two cameras? Really?