New Apple iPad Coming Out Q1 2011?

A new Apple iPad may be in the pipeline and scheduled to be launched by the first quarter of next year according to rumours from the Taiwanese press.

Digitimes says that components for a second generation 9.7-inch iPad tablet are "completing validation". These parts include a touch panel and the reinforced glass.

It is not known whether the new version would bring in some significant features like a forward facing camera for Facetime, the ability to have multiple logins, a more easily changed battery, more memory, support for multi-tasking and more connectors.

More than 3.3 million iPads have been sold in 10 countries since the device started shipping in the US in April. It was originally presented by Steve Jobs back in January and demand has continually outstripped supply ever since.

The tablet computer however will face new foes like the Samsung Galaxy Tab which will be its most formidable competitor.

Four of the biggest US mobile phone operators have confirmed that they will sell it and will allow video conferencing by default but over Wi-Fi only.