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Report: iPad 2 Will Have a USB Port

More rumors are beginning to surface as we draw closer to the expected big reveal of Apple's 2nd-generation iPad in January or February. The latest rumor making rounds indicates that the updated model will feature a built-in USB port, a surprising move given that the 30-pin connector has been the default interface for many years.

It's speculated that the supposed USB port stems from an agreement made by European device makers during 2009 in which micro-USB ports would serve as the standard charger connection for all mobile devices. This could mean that Apple may finally be tossing out the 30-pin connector for syncing and charging the device. This may also hold true for future models of the iPod touch and iPhone.

Currently Apple already sells an adapter for the original iPad that plugs into the 30-pin slot located at the bottom of the tablet. This device was developed for importing photos from cameras although many users have discovered it also works with various keyboards and USB audio. Naturally a native micro-USB port would make this adapter obsolete.

Other iPad 2-related rumors that have surfaced as of late include a CDMA model compatible with Verizon Wireless and Sprint, an iPod-like backing that features a metal grille allowing for a larger speaker, two cameras with FaceTime support, a thinner, lighter chassis and a few others.