It might seem a little premature to discuss Apple
's second generation iPad
when the first-run tablet is one of only a very small handful of slates in existence, but if the Cupertino outfit sticks to its normal product refresh cycle, it will only be another five months before the iPad 2 hits store shelves. So what does Steve Jobs and Co. have planned for Apple's next tablet?
According to Chinese-language Economy Daily News
(EDN), you can expect five new features in the iPad 2, including:
- Video phone
- Better mobility
- USB port
- New display technology
- 3-axis gyroscopes
Given that the iPhone
and iPod touch
both support FaceTime, that one's almost a given, which means the iPad 2 will ship with at least one built-in camera. The rest we're not so sure about, but according to EDN, expect the next iPad to sport Apple's Retina Display technology, possibly in a smaller size panel with thinner glass. As for the 3-axis gyroscope, that should help with gaming chores, an area we expect to receive quite a bit of attention in the emerging tablet wars.