Well, stories about a new iPad coming onto the big scene have become commonplace by now, so we all known there is a new iPad somewhere down the line. Though what we don’t know is the when and the how aspect of it. It’s all speculation when we say a new iPad will be ready by height of the holiday season or what’s likely to be the specifications of the new iPads.
It all started with the news that Apple was engaged in the development of smaller sized tablets – 5 and 7 inch iPads to be specific – to take on the rising segment among tablets made more famous by a string of high profile launches like those of the 5 inch Streak from Dell or the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the PlayBook from Research in Motion, both of which are in the 7 inch category. A smaller sized iPad will also perhaps make it possible for Apple to pull in those who would have otherwise opted for an e-reader, using portability of the smaller iPads as the trump card.
However, while news of smaller iPads is still making the rounds, there have been reports of an altogether new device that would be of the same size as the current gen iPad. And while this is also firmly in rumor territory, what has made this even more probable is the sighting of an iPad case with twin dock connections instead of one. Supposedly the new iPad will also be capable of docking in landscape mode. What the image also highlights is a completely flat rear and not the curved backs that we now have in the current iPads, something that will make it much more in line with the iPhones, which are known for their simple (yet sleek) clean lines.
However, there is no official confirmation or any word on this from Apple, and some suggest these are just leaked images of the prototypes of the present iPad. Then again, this starts rumors in some quarters that Apple is resorting to the earlier design for the new iPad. Also, while the image does not show any signs of a rear facing camera, we can still hope there will be on at the front to enable web chatting.
Of course the coming days will throw more light on this. So let’s just sit back and wait for the final and concrete thing to emerge.