By YUKARI IWATANI KANE And SHAYNDI RAICE
Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor, said people familiar with the matter.
The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model, these people said. It will have at least one camera on the front of the device for features like video-conferencing, but the resolution of the display will be similar to the first iPad, these people said. It will also have more memory and a more powerful graphics processor, they said.
A spokeswoman for Apple, Cupertino, Calif., declined to comment.
The production of the new iPad shows how Apple is moving forward in the wake of Chief Executive Steve Jobs’s disclosure last month that he was taking a medical leave for an unspecified ailment. The iPad, which debuted last April, has opened a new market and is critical to Apple’s success.