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.