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Apple to Move Aggressively on FaceTime, Camera-equipped iPads

Apple’s iPad is unlikely to endure the company’s traditional 12-month product cycle for iOS device refreshes before seeing its first major enhancements, AppleInsider has been told.

A version of the tablet device with a built-in video camera and support for the new FaceTime video conferencing standard has already progressed to the advanced testing stages, according to a person with proven knowledge of Apple’s future product plans.

Though the inaugural fleet of iPads has seen surprising momentum that’s kept them out of a supply-and-demand balance since April, their FaceTime-equipped successors are said to be tracking for an introduction no later than the first quarter of next year.

And although Apple’s historical product cycles would beg to differ, that person familiar with the company’s plans claims that as of last month, there was an ambitious push inside Apple to verify the refresh for a possible launch ahead of this year’s holiday shopping season.