Apple planning thinner iPad with camera, mini USB: Goldman Sachs

A team of analysts for investment bank Goldman Sachs said on Monday that their sources have shared with them that -- Apple will introduce a second-generation iPad (9.7 inch) during the spring of 2011 that will feature a camera, mini USB and a lighter design.

What the Goldman Sachs analysts are told:

1) Citing supply chain checks, Hon Hai will remain the sole manufacturer of the new 9.7-inch model.

2) Apple still remains undecided on a second partner to help build the tablets.

3) Citing their checks, the 7” iPad project has not yet been finalized and therefore said its unlikely to be launched ahead of the new 9.7” iPad. Although, On Friday, a Chinese website claimed a 7-inch iPad that takes after the iPhone 4 aesthetic is already a "finished product."

4) Sources indicate that Apple was unlikely to follow it's usual 12-month product cycle with the second generation iPad, hence launching it in he first quarter of 2011. --------

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