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More Tablet Rumors: Dual Dock Connectors, Antenna Panel and Optional 3G Support?

As the tablet event approaches, there seems to be no shortage of rumors and speculation about exactly what form the tablet will take. It's probably a good time to remind readers that prior to the iPhone launch, a number of wildly different specs and descriptions had been floating around. As it turned out, Apple had made efforts to create bogus handset prototypes to prevent the rumor sites from getting a clear picture of the iPhone.

iLounge today reports, however, that they have "double-confirmed" a couple of interesting details about the new Apple tablet. iLounge has generally been a reliable source of pre-release information.

According to the site, the tablet will have two dock connectors to allow the device to be docked in either portrait or landscape orientations. This should allow the device some flexibility when docking with 3rd party accessories, avoiding awkward cable positioning. Next, the back of the tablet is said to be metal but with a "long rear stripe" for wireless broadcasting, akin to the original iPhone due to the fact that metal prevents radio signal transmissions.

Finally, iLounge believes that the new tablet will likely offer optional 3G service in addition to built-in Wi-Fi. This, of course, raises the questions of contract pricing for this data service.