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December 10, 2010

New iPad 2 Rumored To Be Getting Front & Rear Cameras

The rumored iPad 2 may come equipped with both front and rear mounted cameras, according to a Friday morning report by Kelvin Soh and Argin Chang of Reuters.

According to Soh and Chang, "Touchscreen chip designer Wintek Corp, battery maker Simplo Technology Co Ltd and AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers for electronic products, are among suppliers for the next batch of iPads, four people familiar with the situation said."

"Two could only confirm they were ramping up for a new round of production in the first quarter for components previously supplied for the original iPad, while two said the ramp-up was for a new iPad," the Reuters reporters added. "One of those said the revamped model would feature cameras on the front and rear, while the other said the new model would be slimmer, lighter and have a better resolution display."

Furthermore, Soh and Chang noted that sources had told them that "camera module makers Genius Electronic Optical Co Ltd and Largan Precision Co Ltd were also starting new supply deals with Apple"¦ but neither could confirm for which product the modules were intended."

The reports, according to Josh Ong of the website AppleInsider, "further confirms the likelihood of a FaceTime-capable iPad," which Ong says had been reported by AppleInsider back in September. Furthermore, he said that "new iPad cases were spotted with cutouts for a rear-facing camera and space for what could be an SD card slot" had been spotted on Thursday.

On Tuesday, industry publication DigiTimes reported that Foxconn Electronics planned to ship iPad 2 units "within the next 100 days," pointing towards a possible February 2011 release date for the forthcoming device. DigiTimes further stated that first-run shipments of the improved Apple-branded tablet computer would be between 400,000 and 600,000 units.

According to Soh and Chang, experts believe that Apple could ship nearly 13 million iPad units this year, with 2011 shipments nearly tripling. More than three million iPads were sold by the company in the first three months following its release earlier this year, CNET.com's Lance Whitney reported Tuesday.

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