WSJ: Apple’s next-gen iPad now in production

Apple Online Store“Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor, said people familiar with the matter,” Yukari Iwatani Kane and Shayndi Raice report for The Wall Street Journal.

“The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model, these people said,” Kane and Raice report. “It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing, but the resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad, these people said. It will also have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, they said.”

Kane and Raice report, “The new iPad will initially be available through Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., but not Sprint Nextel Corp. or T-Mobile USA in the U.S., according to some of the people familiar with the matter… Like many of Apple’s other products, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., better known by its trade name Foxconn, is assembling the new iPad, the people familiar with the matter said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The iPad’s screen is already gorgeous.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

25 Comments

  1. I hope it has a rear camera as well as a front camera. As a physician that uses the iPad as my only chart in the office, I was hoping for a rear camera to be able to take clinical pictures in the office to add to my charts.

  2. Well, I hope that it is something more then just two cameras being added and I know with apple it always will be but I want something out of the ordinary, something to surprise me. Instead of just adding what they did to the iPhone 4 I want something different! who’s with me?

  3. MacDailyNews Take: The iPad’s screen is already gorgeous.

    ….until you’ve gazed upon an iPhone 4. If you can forget about how perfect the iPhone 4 screen is, then yes, it’s gorgeous.

  4. People tend to hold the iPhone display much closer to the eyes than the iPad. It wouldn’t take the iPhone’s pixel density to give an iPad the “retina display” effect.

  5. I think the rear camera may have flunked the Steve Jobs usability test. But it may still be there…

    As I’ve been saying, iPad 2 is a refinement of the original design. Apple invested a huge amount of time, money, and resources to create the original iPad. Apple needs to earn its return on that investment before completely overhauling the iPad after just one year. Apple is magical, but it’s also a business.

    With the exception of the camera (or cameras), and maybe a gyroscope (because iPhone and iPod touch have it), all the changes SHOULD be “refinements”… thinner, lighter, faster. Look at the second-gen iPhone (3G) compared to the original; it was faster and used 3G wireless instead of EDGE, with better camera, better battery life, and other refinements. Even the third-gen iPhone (3GS) was a further refinement. And THEN, iPhone 4 was a complete overhaul.

  6. @ ken1w

    I get your point about getting the return in investment. But consider that all the modifications in the new iPad are direct transfers from the iPhone. Apple are already reaping the rewards for scale of economy and adding iPad components will only help.

    Adding the additional capability to the iPad will drive sales even more. I want to buy one for myself and then probably one for my folks in the UK so we can do Facetime. But I need the camera to buy in.

  7. No, the rear camera on the iPad would not flunk any usability test. The Facetime “flip”, which I can do on my iPod touch, requires a rear camera. It’s a really great feature.

    What fails the usability test is this scenario (dude talking to another dude on Facetime: “Dude, they have a great pool here at this resort. Let me clumsily turn this iPad around so you can see it….whoops, oh sh*t, I dropped the iPad in the pool!!”

  8. @PhxDoc

    How about something like this? http://deviceknit.com/implementations/91/use-your-iphones-camera-to-take-pictures-on-your-ipad/

    You use an iPhone to take your pics instead, the benefit being a much better camera with a much higher resolution than the iPad is very likely going to have (if the new iPod touch camera is any idication as compared to the iPhone4 camera.)

    May not be quite as handy, but will probably get much better pics.

  9. Apple dividend anyone?

    If you’re a long Apple investor, a few shares sold will pay for your new iPad II, while still keep you well ahead of the game.
    Compliments of Apple!

  10. @solid

    Trying to photograph a check for deposit with the iPod Touch 4G is challenging to say the least.

    Photos are marginal as well.

    I hope iPad 2 has better front and rear cameras.

  11. cool!! another $500+ i need to spend soon…

    Connor Macbook.
    I held out on the ipad 1 for a long time… i wanted a front camera for facetime and vowed i’d not buy a ipad till it had one.
    2 weeks ago i caved… i should have bought it to start with. granted not being iOS 4.0+ i probably would have not liked it as much.
    Granted i picked it up new for less than $300 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” /> (long story)

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