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iPad 2 to get front and back cameras - sources

Suppliers for Apple's iPad are gearing up for a new round of production in the first quarter, sources said on Friday, with one saying the revamped iPad will include front- and back-mounted cameras.

This would be in line with the company's previous practice, with small changes made to its products about once a year. The original iPad was launched on Jan 27 this year.

"Investing in Apple-related shares is going to be a major theme for most of next year," said Mr Bevan Yeh, a fund manager at Prudential Securities investment Trust.

Touchscreen chip designer Wintek, battery-maker Simplo Technology and AVY Precision, an unlisted maker of covers for electronic products, are among suppliers for the next batch of iPads, four people familiar with the situation said.

Two said they were ramping up for production for components previously supplied for the original iPad, while two said the ramp-up was for a new iPad.

One of those said the revamped model would feature cameras on the front and rear, while the other said the new model would be slimmer, lighter and have a better display.

Camera module makers Genius Electronic Optical and Largan Precision were also starting new supply deals with Apple, two sources said but neither could confirm for which product the modules were intended.

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