Apple devotees and technology bloggers predicted the new version would be released possibly as early as Christmas, but more likely in April or May next year. The latter date would enable Apple's Steve Jobs to dent sales of a new tablet by arch-rival Blackberry, which is due to launch its "Playbook" in the spring. Among predicted improvements to the new iPad were the installation of the same high-resolution screen seen on the iPhone 4 and the addition of cameras on the front and back of the computer to allow users to hold video calls using Apple's FaceTime software. News that a supplier of FaceTime-compatible cameras for the iPhone 4 has secured a new contract with Apple was touted as evidence of an imminent arrival.
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