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Analysts: next iPad to have camera, mini USB, lighter build

updated 09:25 pm EDT, Mon September 27, 2010

Goldman Sachs claims new iPad has mini USB

Goldman Sachs analysts Henry King and Kevin Lu today claimed to have more details about the next iPad ahead of its launch. Referring to industry checks, the two expected it to have at least one camera, a lighter design and, unusually, a mini USB port. They expected it to keep a 9.7-inch display and ship early in the spring of 2011.

They asserted that the rumored seven-inch iPad wasn't finished, and that it might not necessarily be unveiled at the same time. Hon Hai, better known under its working brand Foxconn, would continue to be the manufacturer regardless.

The claims are unverified and are called somewhat into question by Apple's past behavior. It has so far shunned any ports beyond the Dock Connector and would still need an adapter to connect devices over mini USB, since most peripherals prefer the full-size format.

Stories have also persisted of the seven-inch iPad being ready early next year with many of the same specifications as the larger model's update. Apple is believed to want both a less expensive model as well as a more direct competitor to rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook. [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Silly guess.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Micro not Mini

    I doubt it'll be a Mini-USB port. They weren't designed for large numbers of connects. The slightly smaller Micro-USB port is more likely. If I remember right, Apple has signed on to eventually including a Micro-USB port on their cell phones. It'd make sense to do the same with the iPad. Then we wouldn't have to klutz with so many power supplies.

  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    You always have to take what you hear from Goldman Sachs with a pinch of salt, or at least caution. They have some brilliant people there, but I'm never sure if they plan to short the stock they are pushing, or if one of their clients will benefit from the advice they're putting out. They are the richest of the merchant banks, and the one where the expression "I ripped his face off!" was commonplace vocabulary for having fully and completely made a killing by ripping off their deal partners.

  1. rombe3jr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There is no way...

    no way, that we can trust Goldman Sachs now.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    micro usb

    If apple includes micro usb on their cell phones, it will only be for power. I doubt even data would pass over it. Apple has too much invested in their proprietary Dock Connector to allow people to just use USB to do everything.

    And the USB whining was from some group wanting a standard charger design, but it had nothing on data transfer. Even the iPad's USB port is for connecting to camera readers. I don't think it's a fully functioning USB port (as in lack of USB drivers).

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