Apple may launch cheaper iPad 3 this year according to report

By on July 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM.

Apple may launch cheaper iPad 3 this year according to report

Apple has inked deals with numerous additional parts suppliers for its upcoming iPad refresh according to a new report from DigiTimes, further supporting the notion that the tech giant plans to unveil a new version of its market-leading tablet later this year. Citing industry sources, the report claims Taiwan-based component manufacturers including Novatek Microelectronics, Richtek Technology, Capella Microsystems and Integrated Memory Logic have been awarded contracts to supply integrated circuits for the iPad 3. Contrary to previous speculation that Apple’s next iPad would be a high-end “Pro” model, DigiTimes states that Apple is seeking to utilize lower cost parts from Taiwanese suppliers in order to “compete with an array of tablet PCs to be launched by rivals in the second half of 2011.” A more likely scenario, however, is that Apple may simply be looking to offset the added expense of the upcoming iPad’s Retina Display with cheaper circuits. Such a move could allow the Cupertino-based company to launch its next-generation iPad at the iPad 2’s current price points. Apple is expected to unveil its new iPad this fall alongside the iPhone 5. More →

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Retina Display coming to Apple’s next iPad according to LG Display CEO

By on July 22, 2011 at 10:50 AM.

Retina Display coming to Apple’s next iPad according to LG Display CEO

Apple’s next-generation iPad will employ the company’s famous Retina Display according to LG Display CEO Young Soo Kwon. The Korea Times reported on Friday that Kwon let slip the news while speaking with reporters following LG Display’s second-quarter earnings report, which saw the manufacturer’s profit tumble 96%. “[Kwon] said more smartphone manufacturers will release new models employing LG’s “Retina Display’’ that has been used in iPhones and iPads,” The Korea Times’ report states. LG Display manufactures the current Retina Display found on Apple’s iPhone 4 handset. Earlier reports suggest Apple is preparing to launch an updated iPad in September alongside the iPhone 5. The new Retina Display-equipped iPad is expected by some to be a complimentary model, perhaps dubbed “iPad Pro,” rather than a replacement for the current iPad 2. More →

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Apple testing Retina displays from LG and Samsung for next iPad

By on July 18, 2011 at 3:10 PM.

Apple testing Retina displays from LG and Samsung for next iPad

Apple has started to test 2048 x 1536 resolution displays from LG and Samsung, both of which have secured deals to provide the iPad maker with LCD parts, Korea Times reported on Monday. “Apple’s upcoming iPad 3 will feature an improved display to support quad extended graphics (QXGA), a display resolution of 2048×1536 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio to provide full high definition (HD) viewing experience,” a source told the Korean news outlet. The source refers to the tablet as the “iPad 3″ and not the “iPad HD,” or “iPad Pro” which other rumors have suggested the device will be called. Apple typically uses Samsung displays and flash storage in its devices, but a flurry of recent lawsuits have pushed Apple to pursue different component suppliers. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), for example, will provide flash memory for Apple’s next-generation iPhone and iPad products. One unnamed Samsung senior official commented on Samsung’s relationship with Apple: “We aren’t affected significantly by Apple’s changing approach,” the official told Korea Times. “Apple is first and foremost about product quality, and while it may find other manufacturers to provide customized chips for its new products, the same can’t be said about LCDs.” More →

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Apple dumps Samsung; next-gen A6 chip to be manufactured by TSMC, report claims

By on July 15, 2011 at 11:03 AM.

Apple dumps Samsung; next-gen A6 chip to be manufactured by TSMC, report claims

Apple may have just hit Samsung where it hurts as the two companies continue their ongoing legal battles over patents. Apple, said to be the largest buyer of Samsung components, will not use Samsung to build its next-generation A6 processor, Reuters reports. Instead, Taiwan-based TSMC has reportedly been contracted to build the chip, which is expected to power Apple’s future iPhone and iPad devices. TSMC, the world’s largest contract microchip manufacturer, is said to have already begun test production of Apple’s A6 processor. Samsung currently builds the A5 processor used in Apple’s popular iPad 2 tablet and it owns numerous patents surrounding the chip’s design, including a patent that covers the processor’s the system design and memory packaging. The A5 chip is also expected to be included in Apple’s iPhone 5, which is expected to launch later this year. Should TSMC in fact be manufacturing Apple’s next-generation mobile CPU, it will likely feature a significant redesign in order to avoid potential patent complaints from Samsung. More →

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Images of purported iPad 3 parts emerge, reveal design changes

By on July 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM.

Images of purported iPad 3 parts emerge, reveal design changes

Images of what are claimed to be parts from an unreleased third-generation Apple iPad have been posted on the Web by Taiwanese tech site Apple.pro. The site has a history of accessing authentic parts from China-based Apple product manufacturers and publishing images of the parts before the related devices are made official by Apple. The part obtained in this instance is a new connector cable with a tip that is white in color, thus leading Apple.pro to speculate that the new iPad 3 will launch in both black and white like the current iPad 2 model. Also of note, the connector shown has a new model number and different design compared to the corresponding iPad 2 part; Apple.pro’s component is labeled “821-1259-06″ while the similar connector in the iPad 2 is labeled “821-1180-A.” Another image can be seen below. More →

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Foxconn to build all iPad units this year

By on July 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM.

Foxconn to build all iPad units this year

Foxconn will be the only manufacturer to build the iPad this year, DigiTimes reported on Wednesday. There were reports earlier this week that suggested Apple had been in talks with either Pegatron or Quanta Computer as a second manufacturer in order to create enough units for the launch of a new model in September. However, Foxconn reportedly caught word of Apple’s discussions with other manufacturing outlets and was able to convince the Cupertino-based company to stick with one manufacturer… for now. Apple is expected to launch a new iPad with a higher resolution screen in September. According to rumors swirling around analyst circles and in the media, the new tablet will be dubbed the “iPad HD,” “iPad Pro,” or the “iPad 2 Plus.” More →

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Android users buy the iPad over Google-powered tablets

By on July 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM.

Android users buy the iPad over Google-powered tablets

Apple’s market-leading iOS tablet isn’t just the slate of choice for iPhone users according to a recent report. According to checks performed by Canaccord Genuity analysts T. Michael Walkley, Charles John and Matthew D. Ramsay, Android smartphone users are purchasing the iPad over Android alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola XOOM. Canaccord notes that Samsung, Asus and Amazon likely pose the biggest threat to Apple’s strong global tablet position, but early iPad adoption among Android users could pose a problem for these competitors. The firm speculates that the high price points for tablet apps will likely lock these users into Apple’s iOS ecosystem, making it less likely that they will switch to an Android-based tablet in the near future. “Our smartphone and handset checks indicate iPads are selling better to Android smartphone users than the current Android tablets,” Canaccord’s report states. “As a result, we argue consumers purchasing a tablet are more likely to remain in that ecosystem given higher price points for tablet applications. With our checks indicating Android smartphone consumers are choosing the iPad versus Android tablets, we believe this is a powerful trend for Apple’s growing iOS base. Therefore, we anticipate Apple should maintain dominant share of the tablet market in C2011 and C2012.” Canaccord also notes that Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablets could do well when they become available next year, though the firm notes that Microsoft’s success could come mainly from the enterprise market. While Walkley and his team expect Apple’s share of the tablet market to slide significantly over the next two years — from an estimated 82% in 2010 to 56% in 2011 and 51% in 2012 — Canaccord sees Apple selling 35.8 million iPads this year and 55.1 million units in 2012, well ahead of its closest competitor Samsung, which is expected to sell 7.5 million tablets this year and 12 million tablets in 2012. Canaccord’s tablet unit and market share estimates follow below. More →

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Apple ‘iPad 3′ said to launch this fall; second manufacturer could help meet demand

By on July 11, 2011 at 7:30 AM.

Apple ‘iPad 3′ said to launch this fall; second manufacturer could help meet demand

DigiTimes adds fuel to the fire Monday morning with a report that Apple is looking to add a second manufacturing partner for its popular iPad line of tablets in order to help meet demand when the company launches a new iPad model this fall. The report adds that either iPhone maker Pegatron Technology or Quanta Computer will likely gain the contract to build iPads alongside Foxconn. While the report refers to an “iPad 3″ that will launch later this year, it has become increasingly likely that the new model rumored to launch in September will be a complimentary iPad variant as opposed to a new model. Dubbed the “iPad 2 Plus” or “iPad HD” by analysts and the media, the high-end iPad is said to feature specs similar to the current iPad 2 but with a double-resolution display, among other things. According to DigiTimes’ report, the new iPad model will launch either late in the third quater or early in the fourth quarter, with third-quarter shipments expected to ramp up to 13 million units. More →

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iPad HD could launch in September alongside iPhone 5

By on July 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM.

iPad HD could launch in September alongside iPhone 5

According to Thisismynext, Apple is prepping to launch a brand new iPad — in tandem with the iPhone 5 deployment — this fall. The rumor mirrors a report from FBR Capital markets analyst Craig Berger, who said in a note to investors on Wednesday that Apple will release a higher-end version of the iPad 2 with a display that offers a higher pixel density. The device will reportedly be called the “iPad HD” and will sport a double resolution 2048 x 1536-pixel screen. Apple plans to market the iPad HD as the “pro” model in its tablet family, and like the MacBook Pro family, it might be marketed towards the videographer and photographer crowds, which need need more muscle out of their machines. Those professionals will be happy to hear the second part of the rumor, too: the iPad HD could launch with a new mobile version of Aperture or Final Cut. More →

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