Apple may or may not have decided to pursue dual dock connectors on a future iPad, but they're not leaving the design unprotected either way. A newly granted European design trademark shows an iPad with docking ports on both the bottom and the left-hand edge, which would allow the slate to be used with accessories in both portrait and landscape orientation.
The design trademark (001222905-0001) was filed on January 6 2010 and published on October 14. You can download a copy of the complete registration certificate here [PDF link]. Among the names listed on the trademark are Steve Jobs and Jonathan Ive.
Previous leaks following prototypes being spotted in the wild seemingly with dual dock-connectors have suggested that Apple considered the design for the first-gen iPad but then discounted it prior to the tablet's release. This trademark could be a sign that the second-gen version will differ, or it might simply be Apple covering all of their bases.
[via Patently Apple]