Apple iPad 2 To Come In Spring Says Analyst

A new version of the Apple iPad tablet may be released by June 2011 according to a pair of analysts from investment bank and securities firm, Goldman Sachs.

A report published by Henry King and Kevin Liu point to an iPad 2 that will come with a 9.7-inch display but which will be not only thinner but also lighter.

Most significantly, the device is expected to have a built-in camera for Facetime video calls in addition to a mini USB connection.

The pair said that Apple's plan to release a 7-inch version of the iPad was far from being complete and that it would "unlikely to be launched ahead of the new 9.7-inch iPad.”

To be honest, we very much doubt that the next version of the iPad will be thinner or lighter. Apple is likely to stick to a set weight and form factor as it did for the first three generations of iPod Touch and iPhone.

Also, at 640g, the iPad is not that heavy given that it has a 9.7-inch screen and a 10-hour battery life to boot from.

The killer detail though has to do with the mini USB port; Apple doesn't do USB ports on portable devices and instead, it relies on its own proprietary dock connector which brings in a regular stream of revenue thanks to licensing agreements.