As crazy as it sounds, Apple is rumored to unveil another tablet this year. Not even 6 months after the iPad 2 launched, rumor has it that the Cupertino company will announce a new slate this Fall.

Most reports claim this new tablet will be more of an addition to the current iPad 2 model, rather than a complete redesign. Keeping that in mind, graphic artist Guilherme Schasiepen designed this concept of what he thinks the next iPad might look like…

The first thing you’ll notice about the design is the back casing. Instead of seeing the iPad’s usual aluminum back plate, Schasiepen has replaced it with a curved-glass backing that allows you to see the device’s color. He’s also trimmed .5 inches off the device.

Also, on the back you’ll notice that the designer has upgraded the camera to a 5MP sensor with flash. This would undoubtedly be a welcomed improvement, as the camera in the iPad 2 is considered to be one of the tablet’s greatest downfalls.

On the front Schasiepen’s concept is sporting the rumored Retina display. He’s also upgraded the front camera to support FaceTime HD, which was introduced on Apple’s computer line earlier this year.

Finally, on the bottom of the device we see that the mono speaker has been converted to dual stereo speakers. Schasiepen has also moved the antenna from the back of the device to the bottom, which I would guess is more for form than it is for function.

While I love the hardware improvements of this concept, some of the design details seem a bit out there, like the glass enclosure. Apple’s taken a lot of heat over the glass backing on the iPhone 4, so I just can’t see them using it on their tablets.

What do you think?

[9to5Mac]

  • kokhean

    2011 is the year of the iPad 2.

    • Jon Garrett

      2011 is the year of the ipad 3 also. 2012 will be the year of the ipad 4 and 5.

  • W

    I think this is utter BS.. it’s not convenient for them to unveil another iPad that fast.. They will get the most out of this version.. At least for a year. Im tired of crazy rumors

  • Mcsteven

    Oh they’re def gonna unveil it. iPad 3 is almost here. They’re simply updating the iPad 2, so think of it as an iPad 2P. The next iPhone will be the new design. This is how apple works, they just need to get back on schedule with spacing out the iPhones and iPods and iPads… That’s what they’re trying to do.

  • SteveJobs

    lovley, just what apple needs, more glass and crappy materials on their products so they actually would break faster, more broken products = more sales for apple with their fucked up TOS and non-guaranty

    • Emre SUMENGEN

      Wow… You really could say those, didn’t you?

      The thing is, I’ve yet to hear HTC replacing a device which has gone bad because of a user-mistake. But, weirdly for you, there are lots of Apple examples of that.

      That’s why Apple is always way higher in customer satisfaction surveys.

      And, lastly, can you describe crappy materials? Like, a uni-body magnesium/aluminum alloy body for a notebook, is actually crappy in your eyes, isn’t it?

      Have no further questions, your Honor…

      • Ooooo he just got ownedddd…

      • zach

        I got my Evo replaced after the screen cracked when I dropped it free of charge

    • aj

      is that why warrenties exist?

  • 2012 is the year of the iPad 3d

  • Revvxz

    I hate how you buy an iPad 2 or iPhone 4, a couple months later, BAM! New device.
    I don’t have enough money to do this.. I guess that technology though.

    • Emre SUMENGEN

      LOL, it’s worse in any other vendor…

      You at least have a year or so with Apple, to have the latest of their devices, whichever you choose. But with others, it’s just a matter of months (or usually weeks).

      But, in your case, I guess it’s you that made a mistake… If you’re up to follow “the latest”, these are not the best times to get an iPad 2…

      • Paul Zammit

        iPad 2 was released in May (end of April for EU). How are these bad times? The only good times are when you actually queue and get it on day 1, because rumors surface just days after launch.

        Again, I highly doubt the next iPad will be unveiled this year.

  • Emre SUMENGEN

    Well, yes, I’m very worried about the glass back of my iPhone 4, but it sure looks (and feels) sexy, to say the least 🙂

    • Brandon

      It’s ugly and the phone looks squared like every other damn phone.

      • iKing

        Rectangles can’t be squares

    • zach

      That’s why I didn’t get it was the “Rectangleness” That and my friends shattered and Apple refused to replace it.

  • Leon

    I’m not too excited or even expecting a new iPad 3/2HD/2Plus/2S… but I definitively like the stereo speaker on this concept design, hopefully the next iPad (whenever get released) had it ^_^

  • I have been using my iPad 2 for 3 months now and I have to say it’s a piece of art. I look forward to the next model.

  • I have been using my iPad 2 for 3 months now and I have to say it’s a piece of art. I look forward to the next model. I hope it will be released as soon as possible. I look forward to the retina display.

  • I have been using my iPad 2 for 3 months now and I have to say it’s a piece of art. I look forward to the next model. I hope it will be released as soon as possible. I look forward to the retina display. Let’s hope it won’t be too squared.

  • No way is the camera going to be 5mp. I think 3 at the most. But I totally believe in the flash.