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iPad 3 gains FaceTime HD camera on the front, improved back camera? iPad 2 stays at $399?

iLounge‘s Jeremy Horwitz tweeted multiple details from sources regarding the next iPad. First, the next-generation iPad is said to be getting heavy improvements on the camera side. The front camera will reportedly become a FaceTime HD camera and the back camera is supposedly in line with either the iPhone 4 or 4S (based on lens size). 9to5Mac independently heard that Apple was prototyping next-generation iPads with eight megapixel sensors during the last summer, but this, of course, could have changed by now.

Horwitz again reaffirmed his earlier claims that the next-generation iPad will be close to 1MM thicker to make room for new parts, and he said: “Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign.” In terms of a release date, Horwitz’s sources are calling for a launch close to when the iPad 2 launched. That would be early March. Finally, the iPad 2 is said to stick around $399, finally turning the iPad into a product lineup with multiple models. The iPad 3 has also been long rumored to contain a Retina Display.

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