Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Rumors about the next-generation iPad have been swirling around the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, with some saying a prototype of the new version of the Apple tablet is actually at the event.

According to a report by iLounge, you could walk right by the new iPad and not even know it. The tech blog is reporting that it saw the next-generation iPad and that it looks just like the iPad 2, only thicker by about 1 mm. The camera in the top left corner is expected to be a bit larger than the iPad 2 and similar to the improved camera featured on the iPhone 4S.

iLounge reported last year that it had seen an iPad 2 mock-up case at CES and the exclusive was later proven correct. In addition, MacRumors recently cited Japanese reports that Foxconn and Pegatron – two key manufacturing partners for Apple – have started producing the next-generation iPad and plan to ship the device in March.

It’s also been rumored that the next-generation iPad will have a high-resolution screen and a stronger interior but the updates seen by iLounge seem to be more cosmetic than structural. Could the next-generation device be an upgrade similar to that of the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S?

If the rumors hold true, most of the accessories that are compatible with the iPad 2 would work with Apple’s next-generation device. Accessory companies, however, might need to cook up new covers to fit if the thickness is actually 1 mm larger than the iPad 2.

Apple is expected to announce the new product in the next two months.