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iPad 2 out Q1 2011, has camera - report

Taiwanese firms lends weight to recent rumours

The not-yet-announced-but-inevitable second-generation iPad will be hitting shops in the first quarter of 2011 if rampant rumours turn out to be accurate.

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There have been numerous whispers floating around, but the latest comes in the form of a Taiwan Stock Exchange filing from manufacturing firm Largan Precision, who calls itself the "sole lens module supplier" for the second generation iPad, with shipments due in Q1 2011.

There's a date for you and, it would seem, a solid nod to the second iPad having at least one camera, although other rumours suggest there'll be a front-facing lens too, for Face-Time calls we assume. This would make sense following the addition of a front-facing lens on the latest iPod Touch SKU.

Although Engadget notes it's unclear whether it's the lenses or the full iPad 2 product that will ship on the noted date, a separate report from China Times also dates iPad 2 for the first quarter.

It also claims that Largan only got the exclusive deal on the iPad 2's lenses because Apple's iPhone 4 camera supplier GSEO (Genius Electronic Optical) is already running at full capacity.

The rumoured release would line up nicely with Apple's typical annual roll-out seen for its iPhone and iPod products, being as the first iPad released in April this year.

[ SOURCE: Engadget ]

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