Next-Gen iPad Set for Q1 Release: Report

Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes this week is reporting that key parts suppliers for Apple’s next-generation iPad are ramping up production in anticipation of a first-quarter release of the company’s revamped tablet PC.

As Enterprise Mobile Today reports, the iPad 2, or whatever it will be called, will include several new features including a front-facing camera and support for Apple’s video chat app, FaceTime.

It reportedly will also include a USB port and several other minor tweaks and upgrades designed to make the device more interactive and appealing to consumers and enterprise customers alike.

With a slew of competitors set to launch tablet PCs in the first quarter of 2011, Apple’s timing for a purported release of its second-generation iPad would seem ideal.

The next version of Apple’s groundbreaking iPad tablet PC will include a forward-facing camera, FaceTime support, a USB port and be available to consumers and enterprises perhaps as soon as the first quarter of next year, according to a report by the Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes.

The speculation comes just over a week after Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) unveiled iOS 4.2, an update to its mobile operating system that included a number of key features and improvements for the iPad.

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iPad 2 Will Hit Shelves in Q1 2011: Report

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