Reuters is reporting that the next generation iPad will have a front and rear camera, as well as a higher resolution display. Both the iPhone and iPod Touch have two cameras (and retina displays), so it seems that Apple is trying to maintain consistency across their product line, but I can’t imagine a scenario where one wouldn’t look like a total nut-job taking pictures with the rear camera on a 10″ tablet.
One of those said the revamped model would feature cameras on the front and rear, while the other said the new model would be slimmer, lighter and have a better resolution display.
Camera module makers Genius Electronic Optical Co Ltd and Largan Precision Co Ltd were also starting new supply deals with Apple, two sources said, but neither could confirm for which product the modules were intended.
On a side note, if the iPad 2 had a pixel count proportional to the iPhone 4, its resolution would be around 2880 by 1440, which is insanely high for a 9.7″ screen. It’s far more likely that Apple will simply bump up the PPI to a point where the human eye can’t detect individual pixels (which is the essence of a “retina” display). Currently, the iPhone 4′s PPI is 326 (double that of the previous generation), and the iPad’s is 132.