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Apple iPad 2 might include cameras, FaceTime video chat, mini-USB port, report says

November 19, 2010 | 11:02 am

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Apple's iPad has already sold more than 7-million units despite the lack of features found in lower-priced devices such as the iPod and the iPhone -- namely cameras.

And the sales are only expected to increase with the iPad being sold at the Apple stores, Best Buy, AT&T and Verizon stores, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and maybe even TJ Maxx this holiday season.

After the holidays, sometime next year, a new iPad is inevitable.

It's a safe guess that the next iPad will be lighter and thinner than the current tablet. But the next iPad could also finally get a camera, according to a report from PC World.

A camera on the front of the next iPad, which PC World is referring to as the iPad 2, would likely utilize Apple's new FaceTime video chat software found on the iPhone 4 and the new MacBook Air laptops.

On the rear of the iPad, a camera could be used to shoot photos and video. There is, however, debate as to whether or not a rear-facing camera would be useful on a tablet computer with a  9.7-inch screen, according to PC World.

Tablet competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab (which runs Google's Android operating system), the HP Slate (which runs Windows 7 and next year will be sold with Palm's WebOS) and the BlackBerry Playbook, each feature a camera on the front and back of the device.

The 30-pin dock connector, found on the current iPad, iPhone and many iPods, could disappear in favor of a mini-USB port, the report said.

One feature not mentioned by PC World that many Apple fans might like to see in the next iPad -- the iPhone 4's high-resolution Retina Display.

Apple offcials were unavailable for comment on the PC World report Friday morning.

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Image: Apple iPad. Credit: Apple Inc.

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