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Is The Next Generation Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPad on Deck?

Consumers are dying to see what Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) comes up with next. Is the company going to release a cheaper iPhone? Will Cupertino surprise us all with a smart watch or television? Nobody knows what the near term future holds, but there are many rumors stating that the next generation Apple iPad is on its way.

Apple Inc (AAPL)For many, this is just what the doctor ordered. They have fallen in love with the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad, including the fact that the tablet is the number one device in the market. Of course, these same people know that the company needs to freshen its current offering in order to hold onto the top spot.

Digitimes has published some interesting information pertaining to the potential release of the next generation iPad. While their accuracy has been spotty in the past, it appears to be getting better.

Here is a brief excerpt from the piece:

“Volume production of a new-generation 9.7-inch iPad will begin in July-August with shipments in the third quarter estimated at five million units. Meanwhile, a second-generation iPad mini may see its volume production postponed from September to November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.”

This is quite interesting for a number of reasons, including the fact that it discusses both a new traditional size Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad as well as a new mini. This would be a complete overhaul for the lineup, and one that is sure to attract a lot of attention.

Best yet for Apple is the fact that the company would have both devices up and running in time for the holiday season.

Here is some more information on what the next generation full size Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may offer:

“The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad is expected to adopt a thin-film-type touch panel solution to reduce its weight by 20-30% and will adopt a slim bezel design to increase the display area. The new iPad’s industrial design reportedly will also be modified, the sources said.”

If Apple is able to pull this off, it will be just what people are looking for. Lighter is always better when it comes to tablets. Along with this, the bezel design is something that consumers have been talking about for a few months now.

Those who have been keeping tabs on the tablet market are well aware that Apple is out in front.

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