Apple iPad 2: faster, lighter, thinner and camera-enabled

Apple has produced a new version of its iPad tablet computer, according to US reports.

Apple has produced a new version of its iPad tablet computer, according to US reports.

The iPad 2 is thinner and lighter with more memory, a more powerful graphics processor and at least one camera, said the Wall Street Journal.

At the debut of News Corp's Daily online paper in New York, a Reuters reporter saw what appeared to be the new iPad with a front-facing camera.

No changes can be expected in either the resolution of the screen or the pricing of the device.

Apple had problems with improving the resolution of the screen because the iPad's display is much larger than that of the iPhone's, the reports said.

The company has made no comments on the report or announced an official launch date, but latest reports indicate the iPad 2 will debut in the next couple of months.

Since introducing the iPad in April 2010, Apple claims to have sold 14.8m units, which contributed $4.6bn or 17% of the company's overall revenue in the last quarter of the year.

According to Deloitte's annual forecast, companies will buy 10 million tablet devices in 2011, making up 25% of all tablet sales. The percentage of tablet computers bought by enterprises in comparison with consumers is set to rise in 2012 and beyond, the report said.

The iPad continues to dominate the tablet computer market, but competitors Dell and HP have recently announced plans for rival products in 2011.

Dell plans to release a 10-inch tablet with Microsoft Windows 7 and Hewlett-Packard is planning a tablet that runs the WebOS operating system.



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