Apple to launch iPad with camera?

It wouldn't be a huge surprise if Apple did refresh the iPad line after a year or so in production, but it's interesting to hear some detail and semi-conformation of a new iPad launch. Not be Apple obviously, but from over in the Far East.

Yes, as ever, the leaks come from the manufacturers of components for the product. According to TechRadar, a new iPad will launch in spring 2011 (or the second quarter of 2011 in business speak), with FaceTime video calling via a new, front-facing camera being the headline act.

Earlier rumours of a 'mini' iPad around the 7-inch mark seem to be wide of the mark though. According to Digitimes, Apple is opting for next-generation, ultra-thin touch panels with reinforced glass for the next model. But so far, all panels tested have been sized the same - 9.7 inches. Which indicates a one-size device when it does land.

Other details remain scarce. But with some months to go before a launch, you can bet we'll see many more rumours and leaks before the big Steve Jobs unveil. And don't forget, there's also the iOS 4.2 refresh coming later this year too.

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