Next-Gen iPad to Be Thinner, Come Equipped with Camera and Mini USB Port?

Goldman Sachs has unleashed their analysts Henry King and Kevin Lu, and they are claiming that the next-gen iPad will be equipped with a camera, mini USB port, and have a thinner, lighter design. They claim the release timeframe would be in Q2 of 2011.

Apple Inc. may introduce its second-generation iPad in the second quarter of 2011, said Henry King and Kevin Lu, analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc, in a report dated 27 September. The new 9.7-inch iPad is targeted to be thinner and lighter, with an embedded camera and mini USB, according to the report.

The report goes on to say a release of a 7-inch model won’t likely be released, before the next-gen 9.7-inch is released next year.

I think the inclusion of a camera sounds very reasonable. Apple is making a push to bring FaceTime to all of their iOS devices. However, why on earth would they add a mini USB port to the iPad? Apple has spent significant resources into making the 30-pin dock connector the default for their consumer electronics. There is also a robust ecosystem of peripherals based around the dock connector. Color me skeptical.