An Apple patent focused blog has revealed new features that could appear on the second generation Apple iPad, anticipated to be released early next year.

Patently Apple highlights a patent application filed with China's Patent and Trademark Office that suggests the ability to dock in landscape mode as well as portrait.

Other new features, suggests the website, could include a smart bezel on the bottom left hand corner of the iPad and a new charging dock/external keyboard combination. Apple currently offers a £25 iPad Dock and £55 iPad Keyboard Dock.

Earlier on Saturday, Patently Apple unveiled more registered designs also filed with China's Patent and Trademark Office. Among them, an iPad Camera Connector and what seems likely to be a front facing camera, found on the iPhone 4 and new iPod touch, for FaceTime video chat and video conferencing.

Patently Apple notes most of Apple's new industrial designs come from a core team of designers, which includes Bartley Andre, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Evans Hankey, Richard Howarth, Jonathan Ive, Duncan Kerr, Shin Nishibori, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Douglas Satzger, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Whang and Rico Zorkendorfer.

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[Via Patently Apple]

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