A Reuters eyewitness reports that it has spotted a working model of the next iPad at the launch of Rupert Murdoch’s new Daily News app in New York on Wednesday.
Industry rumours suggest that Apple is getting ready to launch the new device within the coming months.
iSupply recently reported that the company had spend hundreds of millions of dollars on securing liquid crystal displays (LCDs) from leading suppliers – seen as crucial as dozens of other manufacturers have either launched or are about to launch tablet devices.
Other manufacturing sources have said it will sport two cameras - one in the front and one in the back - enabling users to make video calls.
News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch along with Apple executive Eddy Cue unveiled the Daily, a digital newspaper created from scratch for the iPad at a press conference in New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim museum.
The iPad was released in April 2010 and became one the hottest gadgets of the year.
The company sold 14.8 million iPads in 2010, and could double that this year, some industry experts have estimated.