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  • PC World: iPad 2 to Launch Before End of 2010



    PC World is reporting that Apple may release a new iPad in December. According to the report, Apple is tinkering with a new tablet that sports a 7-inch touchscreen (a mini-iPad, so to speak) and may roll out before the end of 2010. The source of the report is the Economic Daily News, major Chinese-language Taiwanese newspaper. This news comes on the heels of a source code discovery deep within iOS 4 that not only references a CDMA iPhone but also the next iPad.

    It should be mentioned, however, that this is the publication that first reported the iPad's definitive existence while many others still regarded the "Apple tablet" to be a mythical device that would likely not manifest any time soon. With some degree of credibility in tact, the publication follows last week's Digitimes report indicating that Taiwanese companies have already begun assembling the forthcoming 7-inch iPad.

    The Economic Daily piece references a number of Taiwanese companies that have secured "component contracts" for the device presently - and unofficially dubbed - iPad 2. Chimei Innolux will supply 7-inch LCD screens, notes the report, which utilizes the same in-plane switching technology of the first generation iPad. Meanwhile, touchscreen technology for the screens will be from Cando Corporation. Compal Electronics will assemble the new, smaller iPads.

    PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: PC World: iPad 2 to Launch Before End of 2010 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. sal_osx's Avatar
      sal_osx -
      Mini iPad ?? I think it's called an iPhone.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Other competitors are pushing their 7-inch tablets. It's smart for Apple to continue their dominance of the tablet market and come out with a 7-inch tablet to sway those who don't want something as big as an iPad but not something as micro as the iPhone.

      A 7-inch tablet is about the size I would like. I love the iPad, but I haven't purchased one yet. One reason is because you should NEVER buy the first generation of something from Apple unless you have money to blow, and the second reason is something that big does not seem THAT practical to me when I already own a laptop and a netbook.

      Now, the iPad will NEVER replace my laptop (Sony Vaio) - as both those products would be competiting for space in my bag. However, a 7-inch iPad would DEFINITELY replace my netbook (Nokia Booklet 3G) as a majority of the tasks I do on my netbook could easily be done on an iPad. Honestly, the stuff I do on my netbook could also be done on my iPhone 4 but the micro size makes it impractical for real document editing, etc.

      I guess, what it comes down to is this. A 7-inch iPad would be a direct competitor not only to the foray of 7-inch tablets that would be coming out by the end of the year and next, but would also, nearly single handedly, decimate an already weak netbook market.

      Just my two cents.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      why apple? why?.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      biggest custmer-apple fanboy/girl that buys ANYTHING apple epic win/fail all the time.
    1. ForbiddenSword's Avatar
      ForbiddenSword -
      This would certianly replace my netbook. Just put a damn phone in it and I would pay up to $800 in a heartbeat.
    1. reprazent1's Avatar
      reprazent1 -
      Compared to the ipad, IMO a 7inch screen is a much more portable and convenient. (and twice the size of an iphone, I find that the perfect e-bookreader size) the ipad is a nice, but too large. I'd rather use/carry a netbook with me.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Highly unlikely. iPad 2 will be the same size.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      If the price for this smaller iPad is around $200-300, I think it will be a huge hit for Christmas.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Highly unlikely. iPad 2 will be the same size.
      I believe they are just fragmenting the iPad line-up to two separate iPads - the original and the 7-inch.

      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Not gonna happen.
      Next iPad revision will come out a year after the U.S launch of the first gen iPad.....and still be gimped....fact.
      Also, I wouldn't trust PC World in a million years as a trustworthy source, let alone have accurate rumors.
      The direct source isn't PC World. It's the taiwanese company that FIRST broke the news of the original iPad when the rest of the world was saying it wasn't going to happen.
    1. 6309phone's Avatar
      6309phone -
      What I want is a larger iPad, not a smaller one!!!! I want the display to be the same size as a letter sized page.
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      I like the size of the current ipad

      But I can see Apple making a 7 inch ipad to to gain even more market share and make it harder for the new comers to sell their versions.
    1. nycpolo76's Avatar
      nycpolo76 -
      The iPad has not even made it through it's first Holiday season. It has been around for 4 months and you still can't just walk in to a store and pick one up right off the shelf (unless your at the right best buy at the right time).
      The demand is still hot and will be hotter during Xmas. Why does Apple see the need to release another iPad, there's no need.
      And not to mention with the alleged iPod with camera.
      Doesn't sound like it would make much sense.
    1. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      I'm holding out for retina display.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      Other competitors are pushing their 7-inch tablets. It's smart for Apple to continue their dominance of the tablet market and come out with a 7-inch tablet to sway those who don't want something as big as an iPad but not something as micro as the iPhone.
      Since when has Apple ever swayed to other company offerings? As far as I can see all these devices coming out now are a specific response to what Apple has packaged together and sold. Keep in mind I am NOT saying Apple was the first to do this. I am saying they have become the first to successfully sell them to a mass audience.

      iPhone came and then all other manufacturers started in with their own touch screen phones. iPhone has stayed at the 3.5 inch screen size. Other manufacturers are now trying bigger screen sizes to compete. Has Apple changed the iPhone screen size from 3.5 inches based on consumer demand? No. They change the resolution but keep the screen size.

      iPad comes out at 9.7 inches for the screen. Now all these other companies are jumping on the bandwagon and trying everything. 5 inches. 7 inches. 16:9 screens. Will Apple go smaller to compete and sacrifice some battery life? Why do that when they are outselling everyone?

      Apple makes what they make and the market reacts. Apple is not reactionary at this time. I do not see a 7 inch iPad in the near future. I do see a front facing camera though .

      EDIT: I want to add Apple has probably done tons of testing to come up with 3.5 and 9.7 inches as preferred screen sizes for a phone/touch device and a tablet. I don't see them changing that so soon after an initial product release.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      Since when has Apple ever swayed to other company offerings? As far as I can see all these devices coming out now are a specific response to what Apple has packaged together and sold. Keep in mind I am NOT saying Apple was the first to do this. I am saying they have become the first to successfully sell them to a mass audience.

      iPhone came and then all other manufacturers started in with their own touch screen phones. iPhone has stayed at the 3.5 inch screen size. Other manufacturers are now trying bigger screen sizes to compete. Has Apple changed the iPhone screen size from 3.5 inches based on consumer demand? No. They change the resolution but keep the screen size.

      iPad comes out at 9.7 inches for the screen. Now all these other companies are jumping on the bandwagon and trying everything. 5 inches. 7 inches. 16:9 screens. Will Apple go smaller to compete and sacrifice some battery life? Why do that when they are outselling everyone?

      Apple makes what they make and the market reacts. Apple is not reactionary at this time. I do not see a 7 inch iPad in the near future. I do see a front facing camera though .

      EDIT: I want to add Apple has probably done tons of testing to come up with 3.5 and 9.7 inches as preferred screen sizes for a phone/touch device and a tablet. I don't see them changing that so soon after an initial product release.
      Good point.
    1. PanayiotisN's Avatar
      PanayiotisN -
      Why aren't they fixing iphone 4? Come with another iphone 4 model wich is better according to reception issues! That would have sold many copies! Not mini iPad! God Apple what are you doing? You have customers here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I think Ipads are the worst investment ever might as well get a Mac or if u want something like the iPad with more feature get the iphone lol
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      May be the worst investment in your opinion but others are happy with it. To each his own.

      Personally I like the iPad and my GF likes it alot. It is just simple and compact.

      There are many things that people buy that other's consider a waste of money. If you got the money and like it then it was worth it. If you got the money and don't like it then don't buy it.
    1. famous553's Avatar
      famous553 -
      Let me know when the iPad shuffle is released
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by M4tt Dam0n View Post
      So now we need a device between the iPad and an iPod touch? Seriously this is BS. And guess what, all the apple fanboys will buy that crap. I'll stick with my iPhone 4 that fits in my pocket and does everything AND MORE than the other touch screen devices.
      Ya who would buy that crap! Oh ya a fanboy like me, give me 2 please!!!!!