Parts Suppliers Claim Next iPad Gets 2 Cameras

Apple’s second generation iPad, expected around April 2011, will sport two cameras just like the iPhone and iPod touch, according to unnamed component suppliers.

The Globe and Mail reports sources are claiming the next iPad model will include front and back-facing cameras. Apple already offers front-facing cameras on the iPhone 4 and most recent iPod touch for FaceTime video chats.

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Apparently Wintek, Simplo Technology and AVY Precision have all signed deals to supply parts for the the second generation iPad. Two unnamed contacts also claimed Apple is ramping up to start building the new model in early 2011.

The timeline mentioned in the leaked information fits with an April product launch, which would fit with the time frame for the original iPad release.

“It makes sense for these suppliers to begin delivering their goods in February,” commented RBS analyst Steven Tseng. “I think Steve Jobs will announce the new product in January, and we should see the new product hitting shops in about April.”

Apple doesn’t comment on rumors or unannounced products, so the company isn’t offering any information to confirm the latest wave of iPad rumors.