Apple's next-generation iPad may feature a thinner unibody design with a CDMA-GSM chip, according to speculation from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair.
"Recent checks…suggest Apple is going to be ratcheting down production of the existing 3G iPad over the next two months in anticipation of ramping up a new World iPad that is powered by Qualcomm and will run on both GSM and CDMA based networks around the world," Blair writes. "Given our recent checks that suggest Apple is preparing to build approximately 48 million iPads in calendar 2011."
AllThingsD notes that Blair's checks also suggest these next-generation iPads will include at least a front-facing camera and some design adjustments. "We…understand the new iPad is thinner than the existing model and is essentially made from one piece of metal with no pins needed," he says. "We understand it requires a new type of manufacturing process as a result, similar to the company’s unibody approach seen in MacBooks."
Apple is expected to announce the iPad 2 in the spring of 2011.
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