iPad 2 rumored to sport smaller bezel, flat back, and wide-range speakers

The iPad is a raging success, and while competitors are looking to keep up with what Apple released nearly a year ago, Apple is already plotting the second iteration of its immensely popular tablet. While some rumored and upcoming have already been discussed ad nauseum (dual cameras, retina display), last week brought with it some brand new iPad rumors ready for dissection.

The iPad is a raging success, and while competitors are looking to keep up with what Apple released nearly a year ago, Apple is already plotting the second iteration of its immensely popular tablet.

While some rumored and upcoming have already been discussed ad nauseum (dual cameras, retina display), last week brought with it some brand new iPad rumors ready for dissection.

In a story first reported on the Japanese Apple blog Mac Octakara, an anonymous Chinese source relays that the iPad 2 will sport the same 9.7-inch screen but will come equipped with a smaller bezel. More  specifically, the dimensions of the iPad 2 are rumored to measure 239 mm by 186 mm. By way of comparison, the current iPad measures in at 242.8 mm by 189.7 mm.

Another rumored add-on to the next generation iPad is the inclusion of a wide range speaker and a completely flat back, similar in design to the most recent iteration of the iPod Touch.

Interestingly enough, hot on the heels of that report came a report from Electronista detailing a listing for iPad 2 case which includes a spot on the bottom for the aforementioned speaker. Indeed, previously leaked case designs for the iPad 2 have included a space towards the bottom.

Now as for a release date for the iPad 2, that's still up in the air. Many believe Steve Jobs and company will announce a new iPad sometime in January, but it remains to be seen if Apple will wait again until April to finally release it. 

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