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Uncovered Apple Patents Drop Major Hints To iPad 2 Updates

by Sean P. Aune | September 25, 2010September 25, 2010 3:45 pm PDT

Yep, it’s that time in the iPad’s life cycle for rumors to start rolling in of what we can expect from the second version of the device.  Of course, just because patents are filed doesn’t mean a feature will show up for sure, but it does give us a glimpse into what the company is pondering for the next version.

Patently Apple has found all of these patent drawings in the Chinese Patent Office, a trick Apple has used before to file in other countries so they aren’t so easily found out.  The first one shows something a lot of people have been clamoring for, especially those who use the keyboard dock, and that’s a 30 pin connector that will allow you to dock the device in landscape mode.

iPad 2 30 pin connector for landscape mode

Secondly is a feature that we have no clue what it may do, but it seems that Apple wants to do something with all of that bevel real estate around the device.  Of course, it’s a bit questionable if this is the best idea as people carry the device by that area, and it would also be covered up by most cases.  However, there are three distinct drawings that show something going on down in that bottom left corner.

iPad 2 Bevel shot

And, if you look at the top of the device in all of the images, you will see a small circle that appears to be a FaceTime camera.  Is anyone really surprised by this?  There is no evidence of a normal camera, however, in images that show the back, and that is honestly probably the way it’ll stay.  Can you imagine trying to take a photo with this thing?

Our best guess is this will appear some time in early 2011.

What say you?  What do you think the iPad 2 will bring us?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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