updated 09:25 pm EDT, Mon September 27, 2010
Goldman Sachs claims new iPad has mini USB
Goldman Sachs analysts Henry King and Kevin Lu today claimed to have more details about the next iPad ahead of its launch. Referring to industry checks, the two expected it to have at least one camera, a lighter design and, unusually, a mini USB port. They expected it to keep a 9.7-inch display and ship early in the spring of 2011.
They asserted that the rumored seven-inch iPad wasn't finished, and that it might not necessarily be unveiled at the same time. Hon Hai, better known under its working brand Foxconn, would continue to be the manufacturer regardless.
The claims are unverified and are called somewhat into question by Apple's past behavior. It has so far shunned any ports beyond the Dock Connector and would still need an adapter to connect devices over mini USB, since most peripherals prefer the full-size format.
Stories have also persisted of the seven-inch iPad being ready early next year with many of the same specifications as the larger model's update. Apple is believed to want both a less expensive model as well as a more direct competitor to rivals such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab and BlackBerry PlayBook. [via AppleInsider]