Good luck finding an iPad 3 at launch; supply shortages may persist into Q2

By on March 1, 2012 at 10:20 AM.

Good luck finding an iPad 3 at launch; supply shortages may persist into Q2

Apple’s highly anticipated iPad 3 will reportedly be in short supply until some time in the second quarter according to a new report. Industry watcher DigiTimes on Thursday cited anonymous sources within Apple’s supply chain in claiming that the high-resolution 2,048 x 1,536-pixel display panels being supplied to Apple by Sharp may be in short supply. Initial shipments are expected to be limited as a result, and production supposedly won’t be ramped up until some time in the second quarter. Apple will unveil its next-generation iPad 3 at a press conference on March 7th and the tablet is expected to become available soon after. Reports suggest the iPad 3 will feature a high-resolution 9.7-inch display, a quad-core Apple A6 processor, embedded 4G LTE and a slightly redesigned aluminum case. More →

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Apple’s 7.85-inch ‘iPad mini’ due later this year, report claims

By on March 1, 2012 at 8:40 AM.

Apple’s 7.85-inch ‘iPad mini’ due later this year, report claims

Apple is reportedly planning to launch a smaller version of its popular iPad tablet that will enter production during the third quarter this year at the earliest. DigiTimes on Thursday reported that Apple’s scaled-down iPad is already being assembled by the company’s manufacturing partners. Samples are currently being delivered to Apple for verification and volume production is rumored to begin in the third quarter. The new tablet will feature a 7.85-inch display to compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, and pricing is expected to fall in the $249 to $299 range according to DigiTimes’s sources. The site had previously reported that Apple’s “iPad mini,” as some have called it, could launch as soon as the third quarter of 2012. More →

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Cheaper 8GB iPad 2 may be unveiled alongside iPad 3

By on March 1, 2012 at 7:35 AM.

Cheaper 8GB iPad 2 may be unveiled alongside iPad 3

Apple may introduce a less expensive version of its popular iPad 2 tablet next week when it unveils its next-generation iPad 3. Citing unnamed sources from within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes on Thursday reported that the Cupertino, California-based technology giant will announce 16GB and 32GB versions of the iPad 3 during its press conference in San Francisco on March 7th. At the same time, Apple is expected to reveal a new cheaper version of its iPad 2 tablet that will only include 8GB of internal storage. Apple had previously been rumored to be planning to drop the price of the current iPad 2 by at least $100 following the launch of the iPad 3, which is expected to include a high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel display, a quad-core A6 processor, embedded 4G LTE and a slightly thicker case. More →

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Get ready for the iPad 3: Apple sends invites to March 7th iPad unveiling in San Francisco

By on February 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM.

Get ready for the iPad 3: Apple sends invites to March 7th iPad unveiling in San Francisco

Apple on Tuesday circulated invitations to a press conference on March 7th where the Cupertino-based technology giant will unveil its next-generation iPad tablet. The event will be held in San Francisco rather than in New York, as had been reported earlier on Tuesday. Apple’s iPad 3 is expected to feature a high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display, a new quad-core Apple A6 processor, a larger batteryembedded 4G LTE connectivity, an 8-megapixel camera and an exterior design that is very similar to the current iPad 2 but with a slightly modified case. New features tied to the next major build of Apple’s mobile platform are expected to be on display next week as well, and we took a quick hands-on look at iOS 5.1 earlier this month. Tune in to BGR on March 7th for all the news surrounding Apple’s iPad 3 unveiling as it breaks.

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Apple to unveil quad-core iPad 3 in New York next week, CNBC reports

By on February 28, 2012 at 11:12 AM.

Apple to unveil quad-core iPad 3 in New York next week, CNBC reports

Apple plans to unveil its next-generation iPad 3 with a quad-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity at a press conference in New York City next week, CNBC reports. The news organization did not offer any additional information in its brief report, which was posted on its Twitter account on Tuesday morning. Earlier reports suggested Apple would announce the new tablet at a press conference in San Francisco, in line with the company’s prior two iPad unveilings. The iPad 3 is expected to feature a quad-core Apple A6 processor, embedded 4G LTE connectivity and a high-resolution  2,048 x 1,536-pixel display.

UPDATE: Well-connected Apple watcher Jim Dalrymple of Loop Insight claims that CNBC is incorrect about the location of Apple’s press conference, which will not be held in New York. More →

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Imminent iPad 3 launch prompts iPad 2 sale at Best Buy

By on February 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM.

Imminent iPad 3 launch prompts iPad 2 sale at Best Buy

Apple is all but confirmed to be planning a press conference for March 7th during which it will unveil its next-generation iPad tablet. The iPad 3 is expected to feature a high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display along with a faster quad-core Apple A6 processor, embedded 4G LTE, an upgraded rear camera and a redesigned case. There is no question that the new iPad will be a significant upgrade compared to the current model, but not everyone needs the latest and greatest. For those willing to forgo the added speed, embedded LTE and HD display, Best Buy is now offering $50 off every iPad 2 model it carries. Of course buying the iPad 2 now at a $50 discount is a risky move — a number of reports have suggested that Apple will continue to sell its current tablet at a discount of $100 or more once the next-generation iPad 3 launches next month. More →

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New iPad 3 images give us a better look at Apple’s redesign

By on February 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

New iPad 3 images give us a better look at Apple’s redesign

We have previously seen images of the iPad 3′s reworked case design, however new images published on Tuesday give us a better look at the subtle differences we can expect from Apple’s next-generation tablet when it launches next month. The photographs, which were posted by MIC Gadget, reveal that the slate is between 1 and 1.5 millimeters thicker than the iPad 2, however it still fits in some iPad 2 cases according to the report. The iPad 3′s rear shell has a more gradual taper to the edges of the tablet, and it features a narrower bezel and larger camera lens compared to its predecessor. The iPad 3 is expected to be equipped with a 9.7-inch Retina Display, an 8-megapixel camera, embedded 4G LTE and a larger battery. Apple is reportedly planning to unveil the iPad 3 at a press conference on March 7th. Hit the break for additional iPad 3 images. More →

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Redesigned iPad 3 with 8-megapixel camera pictured for the first time

By on February 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM.

Redesigned iPad 3 with 8-megapixel camera pictured for the first time

Purported images of Apple’s next-generation iPad have been published by Chinese language Apple Daily ahead of the new tablet’s official announcement. The slate had leaked only in bits and pieces until now, however alleged photos of an assembled iPad 3 show a device that is very much in line with earlier reports. The case is similar to the one found on the iPad 2, though it has apparently been redesigned with a more gradual taper leading from the back to the edges. Apple Daily also states that the iPad 3 features a 9.7-inch Retina Display, which was confirmed last week, and an 8-megapixel camera as had been rumored previously. Apple is reportedly planning to unveil the iPad 3 at a press conference in early March, and the tablet is also expected to feature a quad-core Apple A6 processor and embedded 4G LTE connectivity.

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iPad 3 confirmed to have a 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display

By on February 17, 2012 at 6:05 PM.

iPad 3 confirmed to have a 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display

Following various leaks and rumors, it has been widely speculated that Apple’s next generation iPad will feature a new high-resolution display. Now, using a purported iPad 3 display that was examine under a microscope, MacRumors has confirmed everyone’s suspicions: the iPad 3 will have an ultra-high resolution Retina Display. The iPad 3 display is the same 9.7-inch size as the panel used on its predecessor and looks similar to the naked eye. When compared under a microscope, however, the iPad 3 display’s pixels appeared to be one-quarter the size of those on the iPad 2. The next-generation iPad is rumored to be equipped with a new quad-core A6 processor, 4G LTE, better cameras and a larger battery, and Apple is expected to announce the slate on March 7th. An image comparing the iPad 2 and iPad 3′s displays under a microscope can be found after the break. More →

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Foxconn owner Hon Hai reports huge revenue growth in January

By on February 15, 2012 at 7:15 AM.

Foxconn owner Hon Hai reports huge revenue growth in January

Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, Ltd., parent company of original device manufacturer Foxconn, reported huge revenue growth of nearly 50% for the month of January, Taiwan Economic News reports. The manufacturing giant enjoyed performance that beat forecasts last month, with revenue ballooning 47.9% year-on-year to NT$274.6 billion, or approximately $9.1 billion USD. Revenue was down 13.3% sequentially after a big December capped off a hot holiday quarter, but the seasonal decline was expected and well below the average 20% fall off Hon Hai typically sees between December and January. Hon Hai’s nearest competitor Quanta Computer saw revenue grow 2% to NT$78.3 billion in January, and rival Compal Electronics reported a dip of 22% to NT$43.7 billion in January. More →

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What I know about the iPad 3

By on February 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM.

What I know about the iPad 3

Apple's iPad 3 will feature 4G LTE and Retina Display

With Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 launch just a few weeks away, reports and rumors have been swirling. We exclusively reported some details on the tablet which The Wall Street Journal has basically confirmed, but here’s a round-up using what we know, what’s been rumored and reported, and what I’d wager the iPad 3 will feature when it launches early next month: More →

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Apple is prepping an 8-inch iPad, WSJ says

By on February 14, 2012 at 7:10 AM.

Apple is prepping an 8-inch iPad, WSJ says

Apple is currently working with suppliers on a smaller version of the iPad, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing unnamed sources from within Apple’s supply chain, the report claims that the Cupertino-based company is currently showing off designs for a new iPad that packs the same resolution as the iPad 2 into a display that measures around 8-inches diagonally. This new report is in line with earlier reports claiming Apple is planning a 7.85-inch iPad with the same display resolution as the iPad 2, though The Journal’s report indicates that Apple is not as far along in the build process as had been previously indicated. The Wall Street Journal also notes that Apple “works with suppliers to test new designs all the time” and could drop its plans to build the new iPad. More →

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AT&T and Verizon to sell LTE iPad 3 according to WSJ

By on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM.

AT&T and Verizon to sell LTE iPad 3 according to WSJ

Apple’s iPad 3 is currently set for a March 7th introduction and will feature 4G LTE, The Wall Street Journal has confirmed. In addition to the faster network support, the iPad 3 is reported to have a Retina Display, improved cameras, and a quad-core processor, among other upgrades.

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