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  • Details Emerge on 2011 iPad


    As the new year approaches, there's a surge in rumors about the next-generation iPad. Consistent reports have indicated that the tablet will get a refresh ahead of its one-year anniversary in April, which would mean that production should start ramping up right about now. Rumors out of the Asian supply chain say that suppliers have been picked for the 2G iPad, and one financial analyst is claiming that the new model will have a "world-mode" chip that can run on both AT&T's and Verizon's networks.

    DigiTimes, the hit-or-miss electronics industry gossip newspaper out of Taiwan, says that Apple has chosen circuit board suppliers for the 2011 iPad. Production of any-layer high-density interconnect (HDI) circuit boards will begin at Ibiden, Tripod Technology and TTM Technologies in December, according to Ingrid Lee and Jessie Shen at DigiTimes, and four more suppliers will be added before shipments begin in February 2011.

    Meanwhile, Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair said that the next-generation iPad will have a GSM-CDMA Qualcomm chip, allowing the same device to run on both the AT&T and the Verizon network, without having to buy a MiFi mobile hotspot. In a letter to his clients, Blair also said that his sources tell him that the new iPad will have a front-facing camera and a slimmer, unibody design. "The new iPad is thinner than the existing model and is essentially made from one piece of metal with no pins needed," Blair wrote. "We understand it requires a new type of manufacturing process as a result, similar to the company's unibody approach seen in MacBooks."

    Unsubstantiated rumors like these, of course, should always be taken with a grain of salt. However, the reports are broadly consistent with what's been reported for some months now, and make sense in terms of Apple's developing relationship with Verizon. A story in yesterday's Wall Street Journal, for instance, indicates that Verizon's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network drew Apple's interest, and helped secure the deal allowing Verizon to carry the iPad.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Details Emerge on 2011 iPad started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I am buying one for the wife for Christmas irregardless of when the next one comes out. It won't have enough features to warrant buying a new one when it is released anyways. When the iPad3 comes out I will give this one to the kids and get her that one.
      Not even if the new one has a front and/or rear camera (for facetime), and retina display, or a bigger flash drive?? This is the very reason I DIDN'T get one. First gen technology always has the least to offer. If they bring these things to the next gen ipad, then they'll get my business.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Retina would be nice but i kinda doubt it too and base model would be $699 for the 16 GB wifi model. I have not messed with an iphone 4 but a few times and the screen is nice. But my ipad's screen is pretty awesome already. I would just like to see more Ram, Def a camera on the front, and maybe base GIG of 32. Nobody wants a 16 GB iPad come on!

      But whos to say. The iphone 4's price stayed the same as the previous model releases....

      The magic price for smartphones is 199 bucks that's why you don't see an increase in price on the phones because that's the number that people find reasonable for that kind of product. I definitely think the base model will be 32gb but I will be shocked if they leave the ram at a low 512mb considering 1gb would put them on par with other next ten tablets. But this is apple they upgrade what they want when they want regardless of competition. January will be the month we find out if not late February for sure.

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    1. BoggieMacPro's Avatar
      BoggieMacPro -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I am buying one for the wife for Christmas irregardless of when the next one comes out. It won't have enough features to warrant buying a new one when it is released anyways. When the iPad3 comes out I will give this one to the kids and get her that one.

      lol.. EXACTLY what Apple wants you todo..
      Buy one now, and buy one later.





      PS: I'm already doing that too..
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      damn!!! I bought the 32GB 1stGEN iPad,, I shoulda waited
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Im getting it no matter when it comes out lol
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      I'd say 512MB RAM... cameras... slightly better screen. I doubt they'll do much with the processor until the iPad 3. Cant give TOO many upgrades at once.
      I said the increase in RAM is enough to get me to ditch my old one for the new one, but I lied. If the processor is the same I'll sell my iPad and stick with my MacBook for a year. 256MB just isn't enough; I can't keep using it with that little bit of RAM. But I need more than just a little bit of RAM to buy another one.
    1. mADMAN8's Avatar
      mADMAN8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I am buying one for the wife for Christmas irregardless of when the next one comes out. It won't have enough features to warrant buying a new one when it is released anyways. When the iPad3 comes out I will give this one to the kids and get her that one.
      Please don't say irregardless... It's not a word. It makes no sense regardless is already with no regard. Irregardless, if it WAS a word, would mean "without no regard"

      I hope they don't make a new one too soon, I still haven't paid mine off!

      Quote Originally Posted by athleticswimmer View Post
      Be quite you nasty piece of crap! I want the fricken ipad 2g!!!!!! Like NOW! i also want ipad ios4, or would you rather stick with 3.2???? Now shut up you anti- applism, back stabbing no good rotting troll!!!( yea i said applism ,the only religion thats worth wasting your money for ) and no im not one of those people who go to church everyday, neither do i plan too! But you probably are.......
      Are you ok? That was the weirdest post I've read in months. Chill dude. Swim a lap or something, man. You're going to tare your sack if u strain so hard
    1. dankduke's Avatar
      dankduke -
      [QUOTE=mADMAN8;5592720]Please don't say irregardless... It's not a word. It makes no sense regardless is already with no regard. Irregardless, if it WAS a word, would mean "without no regard"

      I hope they don't make a new one too soon, I still haven't paid mine off!


      Irregardless is a word
      Check out the dictionary
    1. fish2k6's Avatar
      fish2k6 -
      I really wouldn't get your hopes up for a retina display. The iPad already has the same pixel density and horizontal lines as the new 11" Air and has a higher ppi than any other Apple product besides the iPhone. The 27" iMac only has 1440 horizontal pixels, there's no way a 9.7" screen is going to have 15xx. Plus a touchscreen with that res would be ridiculously expensive. And I doubt apple would do a small change and require all the app devs to redesign their apps after only a year on the market.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I would love a retina display but I think the cost is too great at this time
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fish2k6 View Post
      I really wouldn't get your hopes up for a retina display. The iPad already has the same pixel density and horizontal lines as the new 11" Air and has a higher ppi than any other Apple product besides the iPhone. The 27" iMac only has 1440 horizontal pixels, there's no way a 9.7" screen is going to have 15xx. Plus a touchscreen with that res would be ridiculously expensive. And I doubt apple would do a small change and require all the app devs to redesign their apps after only a year on the market.

      Some really valid points. Never thought about the Devs having to to re-design their apps. But a retina display would be amazing so I guess all we can do is wait and see what ol Stevey Boy has up his sleeves. If anything at all...
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      They dont have to re-design right away. The smart ones will do it and sell when there are limited retina ready apps
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      There is nothing at all that would indicate that Apple is accelerating their 12 month scheduled refresh of the iPad. If they released the iPad 2 any earlier than April it would just alienate all the customers who buy it over the holidays. Apple is like clockwork with their iPod and iPhone refresh... 12 months.. no sooner.. no later.
      completely agree
    1. Jupiter88's Avatar
      Jupiter88 -
      I do not expect Apple to refresh their iPad earlier then a year... If Apple was smart, like they are, then they'd wait to launch it right before the Playbook... Outsell the competition =P

      However it would be nice to see the Retina Display, wether they add it our not is a different matter. A front facing camera would seem very possible given how Apple is putting FaceTime on everything, a rear one would be nice, but again who knows.

      Also the ram increase would be great and they should really get rid of the 16G model.. In today's digital world, media and apps could really pack a punch.. I have a 32G iPhone 4 and I'm almost out of room..

      If these features come out then I might consider getting an iPad, but for now I don't really see the need.
    1. sh4508's Avatar
      sh4508 -
      With the new 11" and 13" MacBook Air and Apple covering all possible tablet and netbook market supported by Apple as both software and hardware giant company, I strongly believe Apple has already a plan to kill RIM's Playbook with a new iPad 3G or even 4G. There is possibility for Apple to provide a new iPad that support both GSM and CDMA worlds. Front facing camera is a must, as Apple would like to kill Skype. Apple is a market driver, not a follower.
    1. Jupiter88's Avatar
      Jupiter88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sh4508 View Post
      With the new 11" and 13" MacBook Air and Apple covering all possible tablet and netbook market supported by Apple as both software and hardware giant company, I strongly believe Apple has already a plan to kill RIM's Playbook with a new iPad 3G or even 4G. There is possibility for Apple to provide a new iPad that support both GSM and CDMA worlds. Front facing camera is a must, as Apple would like to kill Skype. Apple is a market driver, not a follower.
      Agree
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      SWEET cant wait
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal View Post
      Not even if the new one has a front and/or rear camera (for facetime), and retina display, or a bigger flash drive?? This is the very reason I DIDN'T get one. First gen technology always has the least to offer. If they bring these things to the next gen ipad, then they'll get my business.
      The second gen is the one I will skip due to the fact that by the time the 3rd gen rolls around the iPad will have shaped itself into what it will be for a very long time.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I hope it's not a full year for the next one. I hate the release in April, it's not near any holiday or my birthday.
    1. mhollis's Avatar
      mhollis -
      I think the real answer is a little more subtle than that. I believe Apple is learning a hard lesson with the iPhone.
      Their exclusivity agreement with AT&T is hurting sales, vs the Android-based phones, which are currently outselling the iPhone. Apple ought to have ended exclusivity last year, and that would have neatly ended any threat from Android. While Apple may have lost a march on the iPhone, but I don't think they want to do the same with the iPad.

      And I have to say, the whole iPad setup with AT&T billing your credit card in set amounts for set data transfers on a monthly basis is pretty cool, and a real breath of fresh air versus the two-year noose around your neck you have with a smartphone.

      But my point is, Apple's devices will lose in the market unless they are offered for use with multiple carriers. Opening the iPad universe rapidly to multiple carriers will keep Apple in the game. With tablet computing, Apple is scoring in that area by expressly NOT making their tablet into a limited-purpose business tool for suits. Instead, the iPad is set up with a few tools and a universe of apps, allowing the app makers to define what it is, what it can be and what it will be for it's users.

      Start from the point of popularity and let the businesses build out their own limited-function tools by using Apple's code building environment (which might make them interested in writing for --gasp!-- OS-X). So, the hospital app that lets physicians order patient treatment via WiFi network and check for drug interaction issues on the fly that maybe 1,000 people will use won't be the killer app (though it may save lives) and Grand Theft Auto may sell more iPads than the possibility that hospitals can use this device in medicine.

      Limiting the iPad (and the iPhone) to one carrier is a bad move. Freeing up the iPad (and iPhone) will increase sales.

      Oh and according to people on the inside at AT&T, they're laying off as fast as they can. And that bodes well for the iPhone, long rumored to be headed to Verizon, which will be the other phone company people love to hate.