iPad 2 may be on shelves in April
Analysts say Apple will do an annual refresh of the product
According to Computerworld, a Wall Street Analyst has said that Apple will roll out a second-generation iPad next April, a year after the original was launched.
Computerworld quoted Brian Marshall of Gleacher & Co as saying that Apple will issue a new model of the tablet annually, the same as the company has for the iPhone, which has seen new models introduced in June or July for the last three years.
"I think April is the proper time-frame for an iPad 2," said Marshall. "Since I'm projecting that Apple will release a CDMA iPhone in March, both will help to equalise Apple's seasonality."
Computerworld says that Marshall's comment about a CDMA iPhone refers to reports that iPhone will release a phone that is able to run on networks like Verizon on the US.
Most of the tech world bloggers and analysts have recently been speculating on what the next generation iPad may compose of. Guesses range from a thinner form factor to a higher resolution display, according to Computerworld. However Marshall told Computerworld that essentially the iPad 2 will be mostly the same as the first version.
"It will be the same form factor, but with dual-camera functionality," said Marshall.
Two cameras would allow users to run FaceTime, Apple's video calling software which was rolled out with the iPhone 4.
Computerworld says not to expect a bigger capacity iPad either. Marshall told the online magazine that the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB configurations will remain the same.