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7 Things The Apple iPad 2G (or iPad 2.0) Will Bring In 2011

So the iPhone 4G is finally out in the UK and we can look forward for the next version which will come out certainly next year. Apple will almost certainly release the second version of its seminal and paradigm-changing tablet PC, the iPad in the first half of 2011.

Based on what Apple has done in the past with its two mobile platforms, the iPhone and the iPad, and recent rumours, announcements and discoveries, it is fairly easy to guess what the Cupertino-based company will deliver

We expect the iPad 2G to come in more than one version, possibly a smaller 7-inch and a bigger 12-inch version. One size can barely cover all bases and the probably success of the Dell Streak could push Apple to reconsider sticking to a single screen diagonal.

The next iPad could have an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. This is a rumour that has been surfacing time and again.

By the end of the year, one can expect the manufacturing costs of OLED to fall down significantly as production is ramped up. Adopting OLED would make of the iPad, the poster child of the technology, the first mainstream product to offer the technology.

The first generation iPad is essentially an iPod Touch but the next one is likely to come with a front facing camera.

This is based on a factual piece of information - actual API calls - that was discovered in the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK Beta 3. Whether we will see another camera slapped at the back (with zoom and flash) remains to be seen but can't be discounted.

GPS for the Wi-Fi version only; that's one of the recurrent requests we've encountered for the next iPad tablet; this feature is currently limited to the 3G version. With the impending arrival of the iAd and the increasing importance of location based services, GPS is more likely than ever to be included in the next iPad.

Better oleophobic coating; we've played with the iPad for a couple of hours and found out that the screen's protective coating did not do a great job at keeping greasy fingerprints away.

More Feature Peripherals; it would be great if Apple could somehow get the iPad to work with the next iteration of the Apple TV. Likewise, a glut of so-called feature peripherals, which extend the usability of the device, would also increase the ARPU (average revenue per user). Ideally, we'd like to see the Apple TV becoming the base unit of the iPad.

Cheaper prices and/or the death of Wi-Fi-only; this is a long shot but Apple may choose to simplify its range of products by cancelling the non-3G iPad. Based on economies of scale, Apple will get a better price for 3G components, which means that it could potentially lower the price of the 3G version to make up for the loss.

Why not read our previous "Five Things To Look Forward With The Apple iPad 2" here.

ITProPortal has also launched a contest inviting prospective and current iPad owners to get up to £500 worth of iPad accessories (including iPad Apps and Apple iTunes Credit) simply by submitting the list of accessories they'd like to have. Simples!!

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.