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Apple could unveil next iPad by June: Goldman

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Apple Inc, which sold more than 3 million iPads in the first 80 days after the tablet’s debut, may introduce a new version in the second quarter of next year, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The new iPad with a 9.7-inch (25cm) display may be thinner and lighter, with a built-in camera and mini USB drive, according to a report on Monday by analysts including Hong Kong-based Henry King (金文衡). Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海), the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, will likely be the supplier, the analysts wrote.

The iPad touchscreen computer has become one of the Cupertino, California-based company’s top-selling products in its first year on the market.

Last quarter, iPads accounted for US$2.17 billion, or 12 percent, of Apple’s overall sales, more than the nine-year-old iPod. The iPad went on sale in April.

Sales of such tablet computers could reach 16 million units this year and 35 million next year, according to Goldman Sachs.

The creation of a smaller 7-inch version of the iPad hasn’t been finalized, the analysts said. Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.

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