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Apple iPad 2: Expect it by April, analyst says

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(Read caption) Apple iPad 2 will arrive in stores by spring of 2011, one analyst says. Here, a consumer in Russia tries out the original Apple iPad.

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An "Apple iPad 2" will hit store shelves as soon as the spring of 2011 – and this rejiggered iPad could ship with two digital cameras, allowing users access to the same FaceTime technology available on the Apple iPhone 4. That's the gossip being floated this week by Brian Marshall, an analyst with the firm Gleacher and Company, who sources his report in part to hardware manufacturers in Asia.

"I think April is the proper time-frame for an iPad 2," Marshall told Computerworld. "Since I'm projecting that Apple will release a CDMA iPhone in March, both will help to equalize Apple's seasonality." Marshall says that the iPad 2 won't get a sweeping redesign, but it will certainly get front- and rear-facing cameras. "It will be the same form factor, but with dual-camera functionality," he said.

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