What will be the new iPad? The opinion of analysts from Goldman Sachs

    Henry King and Kevin Lu, analyzing the market situation and checking their own sources of information related to the supply of components, concluded that the next-generation iPad will become more compact, lighter, get at least one camera and a mini port -USB, reports AppleInsider . They also note that the gadget will go on sale in early spring of next year.

    It is expected that this will be an option with a 9.7-inch LCD, and the 7-inch version, rumors about which have recently been circulated on the Web, is still under development and may appear a little later on a larger model. The tablets will be produced at the factories of Apple's long-standing partner Foxconn. The appearance of the camera in the iPad is quite logical and expected since the announcement of the FaceTime video chat function in iPhone 4, and the introduction of support for this technology in the fourth-generation iPod touch is an indirect confirmation of this.

    If the appearance of the FaceTime video conferencing camera on the iPad, which was planned in the process of developing the first model, is unlikely to raise doubts, the message about the Mini-USB port in the future model of the device looks completely unexpected, since Apple has systematically created a huge ecosystem of equipment centered around its proprietary 30-pin dock connector. Rejection of the dock connector in favor of the Mini-USB port would make the new device incompatible with all the accessories released earlier, while the advantages of such a step at this stage would look very unconvincing.

    Given that Apple collects significant licensing fees and royalties from accessories that use a proprietary dock connector and a policy of creating its own standards, it is hard to believe that Apple will add such a versatile connector as Mini-USB to its flagship development.

    Last week, Taiwanese DigiTimes also predicted the appearance of a second-generation iPad in the first quarter of 2011, suggesting that the device will still have the same 9.7-inch screen size.

    But one Chinese site claimed that Apple’s new generation tablet will have a 7-inch screen that will give it the appearance of an “aesthetically finished product”.

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