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Apple iPad 2 To Get Speaker, iPod Touch Finish

Another iPad 2 rumour appeared online yesterday claiming that the next version of the iPad will have the same screen size with a smaller bezel, a flat back panel like the iPhone 4 and a wide-range speaker.

The leak came from a Japanese blog called MacOtakara which cited an "anonymous Chinese source" which mentions that the LCD of the iPad 2 will remain the same size with the bezel being slightly smaller by roughly 3mm.

Apple had a large bezel on the iPad to help users handle the tablet properly without leaving fingerprints on the screen itself. The report also mentions a flat back like the iPod Touch or the iPhone 4 which may or may not be black in colour.

In addition, the Ambient Light Sensor has apparently been moved to the "upper center of the rear panel" with a new 3mm hole. Most importantly there may be a slot at the bottom of the device, one which will house "a large wide-ranged speaker unit covered with meta mesh".

The Japanese blog did not confirm whether the iPad will come with any cameras, either front or rear or if there will be a smaller version of the iPad.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.