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January 11th, 2012 at 8:45 AM EST | by inu846W

More Evidence iPad 3 Arriving in March

According to Japanese website MacOtakara, a Chinese source is reporting Apple iPad and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn will produce most of the next-generation iPads and will be responsible for 85% of output. Pegatron, another Apple manufacturer, will handle the remaining 15% of production.

“This first lot production implements LCD’s, which are produced by Sharp Electronics Corporation, and aims to be shipped at early March.”

Some other interesting notes from the report include moving the connection point of the Smart Cover magnets, several form-fitted iPad 2 cases may not work with the next iPad, and the new device will still retain the rounded corner look. There’s also talk that the new iPad may be called iPad 2S and not iPad 3. This naming issue may effect when the iPad 4 is released.

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January 6th, 2012 at 11:10 AM EST | by inu846W

As if the iPad 3 rumors weren’t enough, let’s jump ahead to rumors of the next iPad version after the one that hasn’t even been officially announced yet. Yes, people are already starting to talk about iPad 4. Well, at least some Taiwan component makers.

The somewhat reliable DigiTimes says there could be an October 2012 launch of a 9.7 inch iPad 4, according to sources in Taiwan. This may be a move by Apple to compete with new Android and Windows software and hardware coming out later this year in the fourth quarter.

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January 6th, 2012 at 10:29 AM EST | by inu846W

Apple’s new iPad 3 is rumored to launch sometime in March 2012, but maybe as early as February and as late as April. Who’s to say? But what we do know for sure is there has been a lot of news and new rumors about iPad 3 popping up in the media within the last few months.

MacRumors has been reporting the new iPad 3 will have better cameras and a slightly different design than its predecessor. According to iLounge, the front-facing camera will become HD and the rear camera gets a quality boost to that of the iPhone 4 or 4S.

Digitimes says the battery life on iPad 3 will be improved, but the biggest upgrade will be to the screen. iPad 3 is expected to include the much anticipated Retina display, first displayed in the iPhone 4, with 2048×1536 resolution.

 

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September 14th, 2011 at 11:38 AM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

Is iPad Coming to Sprint?

Remember when Sprint was the odd man out when it came to the iPhone and the iPad? It appears that new rumors have the cellular company jumping into the iOS device family something fierce later this fall.  While rumors that Sprint would be able to offer its own version of the iPhone 5 when it hits the market in October have been persistent, rumors about a Sprint iPad are brand new.
 
Being new doesn’t mean being wrong.  Sprint has said it will allow unlimited data on the iPhone 5 as something that will set them apart from the other phone companies.  Offering 4G data transmission could do the same for the company in regards to the iPad.  The iPhone 5 has been reported to be available on October 7th and it would only make sense that if a Sprint iPad is coming, it would be released right along side the phone. Sources are claiming that the Sprint iPad will be completely different from the CDMA version that is currently offered with Verizon, truly making this model Sprint’s own.

Of course, the most enticing part of the iPad coming to Sprint is the possible return to unlimited data, even if they don’t go the 3G route.  AT&T originally offered unlimited data plans for their iPads, but discontinued those plans in June of 2010.  With Sprint’s willingness to offer unlimited data plans on the iPhone, it seems like a pretty good bet that they would be willing to offer the same sort of plans on their iPads.

 

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September 8th, 2011 at 2:38 PM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

TSMC Says A6 Chip Meant for iPad 3 Will Have Plant at Full Capacity

It’s time for your daily iPad 3 rumor/news, this time from 9to5mac.com. Apple has long been rumored to be awarding the chip making for the iPad 3 to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and those rumors have now been all but confirmed by TSMC itself. The Taiwanese manufacturer will be mass producing the A6 chip some expect to be running the iPad 3’s processor. This A6 chip will be produced using the TSMC 28-nanometer process and are set to begin mass production early next year. According to the company’s head of research and development, production of these chips will have the plant working at full capacity.

TSMC also appears to be hoping to keep a relationship with Apple well beyond 2012. Chiang also said that his company was soon going to begin working on coming up with a 14-nanometer chip process in the near future. The 14-nanometer nodes are expected to begin production in 2015. TSMC and other component suppliers are recognizing a rift between Apple and Samsung, which has been the chip supplier for almost all Apple products for the last few years. The fact that by all accounts they won’t be working on the chip for the iPad 3 speaks volumes on how much that relationship has deteriorated.

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September 7th, 2011 at 10:45 AM EST | by Oliver VanDervoort

iPad 3 Battery Could Be Better In Almost Every Way
iPad 2 battery image from iFixit

There have been a ton of rumors surrounding the iPad 3 over the last few weeks and months. When the device would get released, who would be helping Apple put the device together; and what kind of components it would have are all topics that had rumors flying. While the screen and processor have been the two components that have gotten the most discussion, there is a new component getting a boost that could make iPad 3 users very happy.

Taiwanese news sources are reporting that Apple is contracting with Simplo and Dynapack to put together batteries that would be significantly lighter and thinner and longer lasting than its predecessors. This thinner battery either means the iPad 3 overall will be thinner, or that the company is making room for a thicker screen. A thicker screen could be the way Apple has found to make Retina display quality possible after several false starts in that area.

With the upcoming iPad 3 to feature a thinner, lighter battery module that is widely believed to be priced 20-30% higher than iPad 2’s, Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp., both Apple Inc.’s contract suppliers of iPad and Macbook battery packs, will hence secure a surefire profit drive for the near future.

Institutional investors pointed out that the battery pack for iPad 3, scheduled to be massively produced in the first quarter of next year, has been redesigned to be thinner and lighter with a longer service life than iPad 2 edition’s.

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