Apple expected to unveil iPad 2 later today

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Apple is expected to unveil a new iPad at an event in San Francisco later today. Insiders shared that Steve Jobs, its chief executive, may make a surprise appearance.

The event will starts at 18.00 GMT.

Apple revived the tablet computing market when its first iPad went on sale last spring. It has since gone on to sell more than 15m of the touch-screen devices.

Apple is expected to add a camera to the iPad 2, slim down the device’s casing, and make improvements to its graphics chips and internal storage. There is also speculation that it may include a new connection slot using new “Thunderbolt” technology from Intel, first revealed in a recent upgrade to Apple’s Macbook Pro laptops, which allows faster data transfers.

The new iPad could go on sale within days of the announcement.

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