During its press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Apple announced that it will continue selling the iPad 2 following the launch of its third-generation iPad tablet. The previous-generation model will see its price drop to $399 for the Wi-Fi-only version and $529 for the 3G model, and it will only be available with 16GB of memory.
Apple’s new iPad is finally here! Just moments ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the tablet on stage, and it indeed features an unbelievable 9.7-inch Retina Display with 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution. Existing iPad apps will be scaled up automatically until they’re updated for the new display. It looks like the form factor has not changed significantly, which is consistent with dozens of rumors and reports leading up to today’s unveiling. The new iPad also features Apple’s new quad-core A5X processor, an SoC that includes dramatic improvements where graphics performance is concerned. Carrying over from the iPhone 4S is a much improved backlit rear camera that will capture 5-megapixel photos. There’s even 1080p HD video capture support with built-in stabilization. Siri won’t be making it to the iPad yet but there’s absolutely voice dictation, and Apple also added 4G LTE support that will work on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless here in the U.S. Hit the break for more.
Apple on Wednesday announced the release of iOS 5.1 during a press conference in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch combined to make up 76% of the company’s revenue in the fourth quarter last year. Apple sold a combined total of 315 million iOS devices in 2011, and 62 million in the fourth quarter alone. New features in iOS 5.1 include the addition of Japanese language support to Siri and more. iCloud has also been updated to support movies, which can be purchased once and then re-downloaded from iCloud in full-HD 1080p resolution. iOS 5.1 will become available for download on Wednesday in the U.S. and in the coming weeks in Japan.
Rumors that Apple’s third-generation iPad tablet would include 4G LTE connectivity have persisted for almost a year, and now the news is all but confirmed. Less than an hour ahead of Apple’s press conference in San Francisco, a source speaking with 9to5Mac confirmed that Apple’s inventory system is now being populated with entries for an International version of Apple’s next iPad equipped with integrated 4G. “MD369LL/A – IPAD WI-FI 4G 16GBLACK – USA.” is one such entry. Apple’s iPad 3/iPad HD unveiling is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 a.m. Pacific and BGR will be reporting all the news as it breaks. More →
Amid the inevitable rush of last-minute iPad rumors we’re trying desperately to avoid, one report in particular caught our eye. It suggests that Apple may include an emerging tactile technology in its third-generation iPad display that is as fascinating as it is unexpected. Speaking with Pocket-lint last week during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show, touchscreen interface solutions developer Senseg seemingly hinted that Apple may be including the company’s innovative technology in the iPad 3, or iPad HD, as it may be named. Senseg’s technology allows touchscreen device makers to alter the feel of a screen to coincide with graphics being displayed at any given time. So rocks might feel rough, silk might feel smooth and the user might actually feel an object he or she is moving around the device’s UI. Read on for more. More →
Verizon Wireless on Tuesday posted a teaser to the company’s website indicating that “something is coming” and allowing users to “sign up to get all the details about the latest Verizon’s products.” The update comes just a day before Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPad. Earlier reports suggested that Apple’s next-generation iPad will feature embedded 4G LTE connectivity and Verizon operates the country’s largest 4G LTE network, reaching over 200 million people in the United States. Apple’s iPad 3/iPad HD is expected to feature an exterior that is slightly thicker than the iPad 2, and it should come equipped with a high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel Retina Display, a new quad-core Apple A6 processor, a larger battery and an improved camera.
Apple’s next-generation iPad tablet will go on sale in initial launch markets on March 16th according to a new report. Citing an unnamed “Apple Store source,” Apple watcher 9to5Mac claims that preparations are being made for an event within Apple Stores that is scheduled to take place on the 16th. Given the timing, it seems likely that such an event would focus on Apple’s iPad 3 — or iPad HD, as it may be called. Apple Stores will reportedly host a separate event some time after the 16th, but details surrounding this possible additional product launch were not made available. Apple is expected to take the wraps off its next-generation iPad on Wednesday and it is widely expected to feature a new high-resolution display, embedded 4G LTE, a new quad-core Apple A6 processor and a slightly redesigned case. More →
Apple will unveil its next-generation iPad on Wednesday during a press conference in San Francisco. While the Cupertino, California-based company may have a few surprises in store for us, Apple’s supply chain has been leaking like a sieve over the past few months. The result is what should be a relatively complete picture of the “iPad 3″ — or “iPad HD,” as it may be named — that has come together as follows:
- High-definition display — Apple’s next-generation iPad will sport a Retina-like HD display that packs four times the pixels (2,048 x 1,536) in the same 9.7-inch size. The result should be absolutely gorgeous.
- 4G LTE — The rumor mill has gone back and forth about 4G, but our exclusive report from last month made embedded 4G LTE connectivity a very likely possibility.
- Quad-core — The new iPad is expected to feature a quad-core Apple A6 processor to make this the smoothest iPad yet. Rumors of an enhanced dual-core A5X chip surfaced recently, but many speculate that the new dual-core chip may be destined for other devices rather than the next iPad.
- Slightly thicker case — That amazing new display is going to need some more juice to ensure battery life isn’t compromised, and the new iPad is expected to be about 1 millimeter thicker than the current iPad 2.
- Better battery — Early reports suggested the new iPad would feature double the battery life of the iPad 2, but those rumors have become a bit foggy in light of the new iPad’s HD display. It’s possible that the bigger battery Apple is using in its upcoming iPad is merely intended to compensate for the new screen.
- Better camera — Leaked images of the new iPad’s case show a bigger camera lens, but megapixel count is still a mystery. Rumors have ranged from 3 megapixels up to the same 8-megapixel unit in Apple’s iPhone 4S.
- iOS 5.1 — Developers have had their hands on iOS 5.1 for quite some time now, and the new iPad will be the first device to launch with the new build pre-installed.
- Brand new iPad, same old pricing — Despite earlier rumors, expect six versions of Apple’s new tablet, with three Wi-Fi-only models priced at $499, $599 and $699, and cellular connectivity available for each at a $130 premium. Apple may also sell a new version of its iPad 2 with less internal storage for $399 alongside its next-generation iPads.
Apple’s next-generation iPad tablet will be named the “iPad HD” according to a recent report. A purported parts list from accessory vendor Griffin that included multiple entries for iPad HD accessories was published on Twitter by Michael Fonfara on Thursday. Fonfara claims to have somehow confirmed the name with Belkin as well. Apple will unveil its next-generation tablet during a press conference in San Francisco on March 7th. The new iPad is expected to feature a high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel display, a quad-core Apple A6 processor, 4G LTE connectivity, a slightly thicker aluminum case and an updated version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 5.1. An image of the purported parts list follows below. More →
We have heard at least a dozen rumors that Apple will launch the next iPhone in September, possibly alongside the next-generation iPad. Several of those rumors have suggested Apple will announce a new iPhone 5 and an iPad 3 with a Retina Display, while others have predicted the Cupertino-based company will simply announce the iPhone 4S, a marginal upgrade from the current model. The latest rumor from Macotakara.jp says that Apple will begin production of the iPhone 4S in September and will bring it to market in October along with the iPad 3. The iPhone part of this rumor corresponds with an earlier report from TiPb in terms of release timing, though that report also claimed that the iPad 3 won’t launch until next year. Macotakara.jp mentions the iPhone 5 briefly but says it has “not found any information” about the device. BGR reported that the iPhone 5 will land in mid-September and several reports indicate that mid to late-September is still the likely launch time frame. More →
An earlier report claiming Apple intends to hold a media event on September 7th to unveil new iPods or even its highly anticipated iPhone 5 are mistaken, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reported on Friday afternoon. With a very solid track record to his credit, Dalrymple says his sources indicate that Apple will not hold any event or unveil a next-generation iPhone on that date. No information was provided in terms of when Apple’s customary September event might take place, however a separate report from TiPb suggests Apple’s next iPhone — be it the “iPhone 4S” or the iPhone 5 — will hit the market on October 7th. TiPb also reports that Apple’s third-generation iPad 3 will not launch at the same time as the next-gen iPhone, but rather next spring, in line with Apple’s traditional annual iPad release schedule. More →
Apple is expected by many to break from its typical cycle of releasing new mobile device models annually when it launches the iPad 3 ahead of the holiday season this year. The new iPad model will supposedly feature a high-resolution Retina Display, and earlier reports suggested that the new tablet would be an “iPad Pro” model that would compliment the iPad 2 rather than replacing it. A new report from Taiwan Economic News claims that Apple’s third-generation iPad could launch at the iPad 2′s current price points, however, and Apple will then discount the iPad 2 in order to clear inventory. Apple’s original iPad models were discounted by $100 each — and by as much as $300 by third-party retailers — following the launch of the iPad 2, and Taiwan Economic News cites anonymous industry executives in claiming that Apple may use a similar formula to clear iPad 2 inventory once the next-generation tablet launches. The report also notes that Apple’s iPad 3 will launch “by this Thanksgiving or next year.” More →
Pegatron has been awarded a new contract to build Apple’s next-generation iPad tablets, Taiwan Economic News reports. According to the report, Pegatron underbid Hon Hai for a new contract to manufacture the iPad 3, which will become available some time near the Thanksgiving holiday according to an earlier report. Hon Hai, owner of infamous Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, manufactures Apple’s current-generation iPad 2 tablet along with a number of other Apple products. Pegatron is seemingly working hard to increase its production share of Apple devices, however; the Taiwan-based manufacturer reportedly also won an order from Apple to manufacture a total of 15 million iPhone 5 handsets. While Apple is shaking up its manufacturing partners according to the report, it will reportedly retain the majority of its component suppliers including TPK Holdings (touch panels), Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology (batteries), Largan Precision (camera lenses) and Foxconn Technology (outer casings).
Updated to reflect changes in source report.