iPad 2 Will Be Thinner, Lighter, Faster

A new report says manufacturing of the second version of Apples iPad has begun. The device is said to have a faster processor and a built-in camera.

Wall Street Journal sources say you can expect the iPad 2 to be both lighter and thinner than its predecessor. A camera on the front of the device will allow for video chat. And as far as wireless carriers go, its likely to be available through more than just AT&T and Verizon Sprint and T-Mobile are expected to carry it as well, the Journal said.

While Apple didnt comment for the article, most in the industry expect the iPad 2 to be ready sometime in April. It was April 2010 when the original iPad went on sale, and Apple traditionally updates its mobile devices on an annual basis.

Apple has sold nearly 15 million iPads in its first 10 months on the market. It accounted for one-sixth of the companys revenue in December, a whopping $4.6 billion, the Journal said. Analysts are predicting anywhere from 20 to 35 million iPad sales in 2011. Its a big number, especially when you consider competition that other major tech companies are beginning to provide in the tablet space, including Samsung, BlackBerry and Motorola.

Todays news doesnt come as a huge surprise. A Chinese newspaper reported last month that production of the iPad 2 in that country would begin in February.

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