The Apple iPad has been a resounding success and currently over 2 million a month are being sold and is expecting to have sold 16 million in 2010. The company has noticed that most models being sold have 3G connectivity (65%) and it looks like for the next iteration of the iPad, the will expand on the current model and support a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA.
Digitimes is citing that in January of 2011, mass production of the new Apple iPad will come out, and some tasty new features are being announced by manufacturing sources. Anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments in order to compete against Kindle and attract more consumer are but some of the new tidbits offered. All of this is in addition to older information by Goldman Sachs, that the iPad 2 will also have a slimmer body, a USB port and a camera.
The three new models Apple is releasing will allow the company to work more closely with carriers, something they did not do with the original model of the iPad, but hopefully they have been taking notes from the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung has done everything right, partnering with every major carrier in North America, Europe, Australia and in most Asian markets.
Industry sources are conservatively speculating that in 2011, Apple will sell over 40 million iPad 2’s accounting for over 65 to 75% of the entire tablet PC market.