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  • Barron's: 2nd Gen iPad May Have Two Cameras



    Talk is heating up about Apple's plan for a second generation iPad. Although the rumor mill hasn't been nearly as generous with suggestions, tips, and insider accounts as it typically is for iPhone, iPod, and even Mac updates, Barron's - a credible, mainstream publication - is reporting that the next generation iPad will likely launch in the first quarter of 2011.

    Investment firm Detwiler Fenton & Co. issued a note to investors this week that was intercepted and published by Barron's. Sources in the know report that the refreshed iPad will come with a forward-facing camera (presumably to accommodate the FaceTime video chat functionality) as well as a rear camera (a 5 MP camera and a VGA camera).

    Detweiler says their early read is that Apple will build 2.5 million units of the next iPad in calendar Q1, providing an incremental 5 million units of demand from Apple for OVTI, which also supplies sensors for the iPhone.
    With millions of iPads already sold and the tablet marketplace heating up with new competitors at a consistent pace, Apple - according to a plethora of market analysts - is wise to be considering whatever is "next" for the iPad. Given the bold demand for FaceTime among iPhone 4 users and now Mac owners, the added functionality of video chat to the iPad experience will certainly embellish the marketability of the 2nd generation Apple tablet. Analysts agree, however, that two new cameras aren't enough and that Apple has to make a series of improvements and touch-ups to make a new iPad worth purchasing so soon after the first was released.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Barron's: 2nd Gen iPad May Have Two Cameras started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Apple is never going to go wild and make huge updates to the iPad or any other device. They will stick to their tried-and-true business model.

      Think about it. Look at the features included on the iPhone 4. This is the 4th generation of the iPhone. Yet compared to the original iPhone, the storage has merely doubled from 4/8/16GB to 16/32GB, the CPU speed has only increased by 2.5x from 412Mhz to 1Ghz (and until the iPhone4, they were underclocked!), the memory has only increased from 128MB to 512MB (not really significant across 4 years), the camera has only been improved from 2MP to 5MP. Bluetooth is still locked down and doesn't even allow something as simple as file transfer. They've just now added a wannabe flash for the camera. They've just now added a front-facing camera, but one that's not even a full megapixel. And I'm not even getting into software jokes, like MMS.

      None of these are significant changes when you consider that it's the 4th generation. By now it should be way better than that. The next iPad will likely suffer this same fate and have just enough to gain some new buyers and fool some of the idiots that own the first-gen iPad, but it won't be anything to write home about.
    1. vruls's Avatar
      vruls -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      cameras only is not going to do it for me,it needs to able to make cellular calls too.
      so you want a big iphone?????
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      I'm going to go their and say like I said when I bought my iPhone 4 that the next iPad I buy will have to look like the iPhone 4. Yes I love my iPad 3G but if they want to keep me buying the latest iPad they need to make it look like the iPhone 4 glass front and back.
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      Quote Originally Posted by kokowawa View Post
      I'm waiting for the 2nd generation iPad
      but I have a question: now the iPhone 4 and iPad has enough power to run flash applications.. WHY apple still doesn't allow flash to run??
      are you for real The problem isnt with power. problem is with adobe. flash slows down mobile devices, not just iphones. its been proven with droids too.

      Mobile devices now make up a huge percentage of video streaming and Flash does not work well on the few devices that support it. Adobe has never been able to demonstrate Flash performing satisfactorily to Steve Jobs and because of this, Flash has not been made available for iOS devices.
      (srry don't know how to quote previous article)
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      I think a front facing camera would be plenty. The rear facing one just wouldn't make any sense. And a Retina Display on the iPad? 1. That would be insanely expensive. and 2. the screen shots would be HUGE! They would literally be double the size of the current iPad screen shots. I'm not sure what the exact resolution on the iPad is now, but double that and it's about the resolution of a computer monitor.
    1. Tedomcmillan's Avatar
      Tedomcmillan -
      the camera on the back is not hard to figure out. you're not gonna be at Disney World snapping pics it's to show facetime users what you can see and to still be able to see their reaction
    1. stesteste's Avatar
      stesteste -
      needs camera for msn,facetime ,take pic for facebook , there pleny apps out there that u need camera. plus needs more memory 512
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kokowawa View Post
      I'm waiting for the 2nd generation iPad
      but I have a question: now the iPhone 4 and iPad has enough power to run flash applications.. WHY apple still doesn't allow flash to run??
      Ya I run Frash on my iPad and it's laggy as he'll cubits still possible so try it out if you want. Html5 is wherebuts at tho and the whole web needs to ditch flash. Html5 loads so much quicker than flash on a mobile device. I believe Steve when he said flash was a dying technology.
    1. goldenchildrose's Avatar
      goldenchildrose -
      This next ipad better be a huge upgrade...Retina display, more gigs and ram,cameras and just imagine how cool it will be if it could run flash incredibly smooth without battery drain?? it'll b the coolest thing ever!!! (we all know it won't happen) but the playbook from blackberry has 1gb of ram which I think will run flash kinda smooth (I hope) compared to the ipads 256mb, 1080p with hdmi out and what looks to be a very nice OS. it won't b an ipad killer but it sure is putting some pressure. If it's not a major upgrade I'd rather just buy the 11" MBA almost the same but with osx alot more ram and memory and flash support
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      But to many the key is the battery life. I love the battery life on my iPad.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      But to many the key is the battery life. I love the battery life on my iPad.
      Ditto! It's amazing
    1. mushromking's Avatar
      mushromking -
      If you look at other photos on the new iPad it will be supporting cell calls
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mushromking View Post
      If you look at other photos on the new iPad it will be supporting cell calls
      Wow, where did u come up with that?? Just what I wanna do talk on my iPad like a cell phone....useless. Skype works good enough for me, plus have to have a separate sim card for my iPad and iPhone?? Oh and what about the wifi version that support cell calls to? I call BS on ur statement.

      Oh and what new photos of the new iPad? Am I missing something here? Anybody else actually photos of the new iPad?? Hmmm
    1. mushromking's Avatar
      mushromking -
      Vantheman-- 5 Reasons to Wait for iPad 2.0
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Why did u resurrect last years thread ?