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iPad 2.0: Can Faster, Thinner, Lighter Compete with Android Tablets?

The shocking details have been unearthed. The next version of the iPad, iPad 2.0 if you will, will be faster, lighter, thinner and with at least 100% more camera than the original. It will be all you ever imagined and hoped for and then some.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has indeed “started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor.” But will it be enough to get you to double down on your iPad ownership? And more importantly, will it be enough to compete?

You can read The Wall Street Journal’s gory details right here:

The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model, these people said. It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing, but the resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad, these people said. It will also have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, they said.

Okay, so the details aren’t gory. They’re everything you expect of the next version. But that’s the point. There’s nothing especially impressive on this list. As a matter of fact, there’s something genuinely disappointing to most iPad fans – there will be no upgrade to the oft-touted “Retinal Display” of the iPhone 4.

Of course, as with anything Apple puts out, people are going to buy it. Right? (Let’s just forget The Newton.) Are these improvements enough, though, to keep iPad moving ahead? Or are they just enough to bring on board those who weren’t willing to risk it on iPad 1.0?

When the iPad first came out last year, we gave five reasons to wait for iPad 2.0. Among them were a camera, support for Verizon and multitasking, which arrived with iOS 4.2. According to the Journal, these are all features we can expect with iPad 2.0.

Where is the “wow” factor, though? Is this the real scoop or is Apple hiding  the real goodies until the unveiling? Or is this all the iPad 2.0 will be – faster, thinner and with a camera? With tablets like the Galaxy Tab and Motorola Zoom hitting the market, iPad won’t be the only kid on the block anymore and from what we’ve seen of Honeycomb (Google’s tablet OS), the iPad has something to worry about.

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