Apple iPad 2 to get second 30-pin port for sideways docking

Dual iPad docking ports hints to increased landscape use

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Second dock connector to hit iPad 2

Apple’s much rumoured second generation iPad will come equipped with a second 30-pin connector dock on the longer side of the body it is believed after a trademark submission emerged from the Cupertino company to the European Trademarks and Designs Registration Office.

The trademark, reportedly signed by both Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the mastermind behind some of the company’s biggest successes, Jonathan Ives, would allow users to dock their tablet devices in a horizontal and more traditional workstation position as opposed to the current vertical only offering of the first generation iPad.

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There has been much rumour and speculation surrounding what new additions will be made to the second generation iPad with a second docking port high on the list alongside front and rear facing cameras, FaceTime video calling and a smaller 7-inch screen.

A number of design sketchesaccompanying the patent application show a device remarkably similar if not identical to the original iPad just with a second docking port added to the side. Whilst not the most exciting of possible upgrades for a second gen iPad, this patent application does show that Apple is working on an update and opens up a feast of possibilities as to the use of the iPad 2 as a tablet come desktop screen.

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