New iPad: Could be released by Christmas 2010

By Gary Johnson - Sep 12, 2010

As soon as Apple bring out a new product speculation starts almost straight away what the next version will be like. We have already had talk about the next iPhone, now there are rumors of a new iPad.

David Murphy of PCMAG is reporting in an article that sources have been telling Apple Insider, that Apple is already working on a new version of the iPad. Some of the new features are Apple’s Facetime video chat, and the new device is said to be 9.5 by 7.5- inch.

This will mean any new iPad will need a front facing camera like the ones found on the iPhone 4, and the new iPod Touch. According to the sources testing is already at the advanced stage, in readiness of a release in the first quarter of 2011 at the latest. But Apple is trying to up production speed of the new device to have it on the shelves for the 2010 holiday season.

If this does happen it will see a break in the usual yearly cycle for Apple products, and the current iPad isn’t exactly a slouch with over 3.27 million sold as of late July. One reason that Apple could be pushing for this release time is the fact they want to integrate Facetime into its devices, before releasing the service as an open standard.

Competition in the Tab market is set to heat up over the coming months, with device’s such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab due for release. Time will tell if we see any release in time for the holiday season. Would you like to see a new iPad before Christmas?

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