Apple to ship 10-12 million iPad 2 units in Q2, report claims

By on March 4, 2011 at 9:22 AM.

Apple to ship 10-12 million iPad 2 units in Q2, report claims

Industry watcher DigiTimes on Friday reports that Apple is still on track to have roughly 40 million iPad tablets built and shipped in 2011. The site stated yesterday that Apple plans to ship up to 6.5 million iPad tablets in the first quarter of this year, and now it’s on record as saying second-quarter production will be ramped up to a staggering 10-12 million units. According to the report, Apple ordered approximately 2 million first-generation iPads in January before kicking off iPad 2 production. Shipments of the iPad 2 are expected to come in around 3 million units this quarter. The second quarter will see between 10 and 12 million units built as noted, and DigiTimes’ sources suggest Apple’s manufacturing partners will ship between 21.5 and 24 million units in the second half of the year. The report does not speculate on whether or not second-half shipments might include the iPad 3, which could launch ahead of the holidays this year according to rumors. More →

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Apple may ship 6.5 million iPads in Q1, 40 million in 2011

By on March 2, 2011 at 12:25 PM.

Apple may ship 6.5 million iPads in Q1, 40 million in 2011

Citing sources from within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes reports that the tablet titan plans to ship between 6 and 6.5 million iPad tablets in the first quarter of 2011. Apple is also aiming for shipment totals to hit 40 million units for the full year, the report adds. The first-quarter shipment total supposedly includes both iPad and iPad 2 shipments, which further supports rumors that Apple plans to release its second-generation iPad before the end of March. DigiTimes also says Apple has between 300,000 and 400,000 iPad 2 units baked in its initial batch, which could lead to shortages unless Apple’s suppliers manage to ship a second run ahead of the tablet’s imminent release. Apple shipped 7.3 million iPad units in its last fiscal quarter, which ended on December 25, 2010. More →

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HP TouchPad to launch in April, report claims

By on February 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM.

HP TouchPad to launch in April, report claims

Hewlett-Packard’s first webOS-powered tablet will launch this April, a new report claims. Industry watcher DigiTimes cites sources from within HP’s component suppliers in stating that manufacturers will begin shipping the TouchPad by the end of March. The TouchPad, which will launch with webOS 3.0, will then be ready for release some time in April. The report goes on to estimate that HP intends to sell between 4 and 5 million TouchPad units and between 45 and 48 million notebook computers and tablet PCs combined in 2011. HP has not provided any specific information in terms of a launch date or pricing for the TouchPad, which we got up close and personal with earlier this month. More →

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iPhone 5 to feature a 4-inch display, report claims

By on February 15, 2011 at 8:05 AM.

iPhone 5 to feature a 4-inch display, report claims

On Monday we reported rumors of a smaller iPhone that is in the works according to The Wall Street Journal, so it only stands to reason that the rumor mill would soon cook up a larger iPhone as well. And wouldn’t you know it… Here we are on Tuesday, just one day later, and hit or miss industry watcher DigiTimes claims to have the inside scoop on the fifth-generation iPhone, which will allegedly feature a 4-inch display. The report cites component suppliers with this unconfirmed information and it’s not overly difficult to envision — especially if The Journal was right and Apple is indeed working on designs that will allow the iPhone’s screen to reach further toward the edges of the device. An iPhone 5 with a 15% larger screen but a case that’s only marginally bigger? We’ll take two, thanks. More →

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BlackBerry PlayBook production in full swing ahead of launch

By on January 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook production in full swing ahead of launch

Rumors of possible delays may be further quashed on Friday as industry watcher DigiTimes reports that production of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now in full swing. Quanta, the China-based manufacturer charged with building the BlackBerry tablets, is said to have ramped up production ahead of the device’s anticipated release in March. A pace of 150,000 to 200,000 units per month has reportedly been reached, and shipments could be ready as soon as next month. Quanta is said to be building PlayBook tablets in its facilities in Taiwan, though the majority of its plants are located in mainland China. An earlier report from DigiTimes claims that RIM has 1 million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets on order in the first quarter of 2011. RIM plans to launch a Wi-Fi-only version of its PlayBook tablet in March, while 3G and 4G versions are expected later in the first half of this year. More →

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Sony Ericsson has Windows Phone 7 devices ‘in the pipeline’ according to report

By on January 24, 2011 at 9:01 AM.

Sony Ericsson has Windows Phone 7 devices ‘in the pipeline’ according to report

A new report suggests Sony Ericsson is more deeply invested in Windows Phone 7 than the manufacturer has let on at this point. Rumors of a Windows Phone from Sony Ericsson date back as far as this past summer but the phone maker would not confirm its plans, saying only that it was looking into Microsoft’s new mobile OS as a possible platform for future devices. As shipments decline, however, the Swedish joint venture needs to explore new avenues that might  lead to increased consumer interest in its smartphones. One of those avenues, according to a DigiTimes report, is Windows Phone 7. Channel checks with Taiwan-based manufacturers reportedly reveal that Sony Ericsson does indeed already have Windows Phone 7 devices “in the pipeline,” despite the fact that executives have been careful with their words in recent history when discussing the platform. DigiTimes’ report does not include any information as far as specific devices, nor does it indicate when we might see new Microsoft-powered phones reach market from Sony Ericsson. More →

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DigiTimes: HTC launching tablet in March, to be called Flyer

By on January 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM.

DigiTimes: HTC launching tablet in March, to be called Flyer

Warning: DigiTimes report being cited, approach with caution. Now that we have that out of the way… the Taiwanese blog is reporting that HTC will launch an Android 2.3 tablet device, code named Flyer, in March — ahead of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom. The publication notes that users will be able to upgrade the device to Android 3.0 after it is officially released by Google. The report cites “handset component suppliers” and goes on to say that “HTC is expected to launch the two other tablets in June running on Android 3.0.” We’re not sure how much water this report holds, but one thing is a certainty… HTC isn’t going to be sitting on the tablet sidelines forever. More →

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1M BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, 800K Motorola XOOMs on order for Q1 according to report

By on January 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM.

1M BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, 800K Motorola XOOMs on order for Q1 according to report

According to an unconfirmed report, Chinese manufacturer Quanta Computer will build and ship over 1 million BlackBerry PlayBook tablets for RIM in the first quarter of 2011. DigiTimes cites industry sources in reporting the numbers, and also states that Quanta will ship between 700,000 and 800,000 Motorola XOOM tablets in Q1. The report claims RIM will launch the Wi-Fi-only version of the PlayBook in March, with 3G and 4G versions to follow in the second quarter. The report also claims, however, that Motorola will begin offering an “LTE version” of the XOOM tablet in the second quarter of this year after launching the 3G model in Q1. This assertion is inaccurate according to Motorola, which said its XOOM tablet would only gain 4G LTE connectivity using a forthcoming modem attachment. BGR published a lengthy hands-on video demonstration of the BlackBerry PlayBook in December, and we played with it again at CES in early January. The QNX-based tablet managed to impress us on both occasions. We also checked out the Android Honeycomb-powered Motorola XOOM tablet at CES and it was quite impressive as well. More →

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DigiTimes: HTC’s Scribe tablet to be revealed at MWC in February

By on January 4, 2011 at 7:19 AM.

DigiTimes: HTC’s Scribe tablet to be revealed at MWC in February

The Taiwanese rumor mill that is DigiTimes has let go another tablet-based prognostication. In a post today, the blog asserts that HTC will release its 7-inch Scribe tablet at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona this February. The report, which also mentions that the Scribe will be running Android 3.0, cites “Taiwan based makers of components” as the source of its information. HTC, who was one of the first major phone manufacturers to jump on the Android bandwagon, has been noticeably absent from the tablet market — an absence that may work in the company’s favor if this rumor turns out to be true. It’s all speculative at this point, but we know HTC won’t be on the tablet-sidelines forever. More →

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Next Apple iPad to offer both UMTS and CDMA connectivity options, less reflective screen?

By on December 28, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Next Apple iPad to offer both UMTS and CDMA connectivity options, less reflective screen?

Another round from DigiTimes:

Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.

If DigiTimes’ sources are correct, this would mean there will not be a single iPad that runs on UMTS or CDMA networks, rather two different models, countering what most people believed based on prior rumors and speculation. The report claims that Apple will be set to ship over half a million iPad two units next month while they start mass production on them. That information signals in our opinion a late February / early March release. In addition to the rumored support of CDMA, it also appears Apple isn’t giving up on its screen technology as it is rumored to be working on better anti-smudge and anti-glare options for iPad displays. Let’s recap the most solid iPad 2 rumors so far:

  • Slightly thinner bezel
  • Slightly thinner body, tapered edges, flat back
  • Front and rear cameras
  • Better anti-smudge and anti-glare screen
  • Possibly a dual core 1GHz CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • Redesigned rear speaker, volume buttons
  • Verizon CDMA unit

Anyone getting excited out there? More →

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DigiTimes: Android 3.0 due for release in March

By on December 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM.

DigiTimes: Android 3.0 due for release in March

In a brief report summarizing the tablet plans of ECS, Asustek, and MSI, Taiwanese blog DigiTimes matter of factly published the release date of Google’s tablet-optimized version of its Android operating system, Honeycomb (3.0). As the post reads:

On the other hand, MSI is set to display its 10-inch Wintel-based tablet PC [at CES] as well as engineering samples of its ARM-based Google Android model. MSI is also prepared to sell an Nvidia Tegra 2-based model in April or May after Google releases Android 3.0 in March.

The publication’s statement should — as always — be taken with a grain of salt, as no specific (or vague) sources were cited in the report. One thing is certain, if OEMs begin announcing Android 3.0 tablets in January at CES, and we have to wait until March to get our hands on them, we’re not going to be happy. More →

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Apple may be prepping new MacBook Pro, iMac models for 1H 2011 release

By on December 16, 2010 at 11:42 AM.

Apple may be prepping new MacBook Pro, iMac models for 1H 2011 release

In a new report Thursday, DigiTimes claims that Apple is working on upgraded MacBook Pro and iMac models that will launch in the first half of 2011. The report cites “sources from upstream component makers” in suggesting Apple has at least four refreshed MacBook Pro models on tap, which will have slightly updated chasis designs. It also states that the company will release an iMac model with a new display size and a lower price point. The new computers will be manufactured by Foxconn and Quanta, and DigiTimes’ sources estimate 2011 Apple notebook shipments to be in the range of 13 to 14 million units. More →

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DigiTimes: HTC preparing to roll out 60 million handsets in 2011

By on December 10, 2010 at 7:13 AM.

DigiTimes: HTC preparing to roll out 60 million handsets in 2011

Blog DigiTimes is reporting that HTC has informed suppliers of its intentions to manufacture 60 million mobile handsets in 2011. The information comes courtesy of anonymous sources with access to an “executive summit” HTC recently held in Taipei; the purported event had 200 executives from over 100 companies in attendance. In 2010, the Quietly Brilliant company shipped 20 million mobile units to its sales channels, making the 60 million units figure, a 200% increase, even more ambitious. More →

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