Rumour: Apple to refresh entire iOS lineup with small connector this fall

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Aug 062012

AppleApple’s rumoured September 12th event could touch every iOS device that the company offers. iMore, which first broke the news on that date, now adds that Apple could use the event to transition its entire iOS lineup to the smaller Dock Connector that has been rumoured to make its debut on the iPhone 5. All in all, it could announce a new iPhone, a new iPad mini, updated versions of the iPod nano and iPod touch, and a new 9.7-inch iPad at the event.

Apple only launched its latest iPad back in March but apparently feels that having a consistent dock connector across its device lineup is more important than sticking to a yearly release schedule. Other updates could include a rear-mounted microphone and improvements to deal with heat issues.

Recent rumours suggest that the new dock connector could come with as few as 8 pins, down from the 30 in the current version.

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Rumour: Apple places orders for next-generation iPhone and 10-inch iPad

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May 092012

AppleAccording to Digitimes supply chain sources, Apple has placed orders with Pegatron to manufacture both the next-generation iPhone as well as a larger 10-inch iPad. The manufacturer has already completed the necessary facilities expansion and hired additional workers to start production.

According to the report, the new iPhone will launch in the September time frame with the 10-inch iPad to follow sometime in the fourth quarter. According to the latest rumours, the next iPhone will sport a slightly larger 4-inch display, a metal casing, and a smaller dock connector.

The report adds that Apple will also launch a 7-inch iPad in August. It will be manufactured by Foxconn. Rumours of a smaller iPad have circulated for some time. Whether Apple does release such a device or is “just noodling” remains to be seen. A number of past rumours have hinted at a late 2012 release or broader second half launch.

Pegatron already manufactures both the iPhone 4S and the new iPad for Apple.

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If only this was to be the Apple iPad 3

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Mar 032012

Apple is likely to announce its next generation iPad next week at its March 7th event. While the rumours of a quad-core A6 processor, Retina display offering a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels and LTE connectivity suggest that it will be an impressive upgrade over the current model, the video below will leave you wishing for more. Made by Aatma Studio which specializes in 3D animation and digital content, it shows off some impressive features iPad 3 concept features. Sadly, I have a feeling that we will need to wait for a few more iPad development cycles to see these.

If the video above left you wanting more, have a look at Aatma Studio’s iPhone 5 Concept Features video:

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Apple to unveil iPad 3 and iOS 5.1 in early February?

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Jan 172012

AppleA new rumour suggests that Apple will announce its next generation iPad along with iOS 5.1 at an event in early February. The Japanese website Macotakara cites “sources and suppliers in Asia” and the U.S. for the report.

The actual launch would then follow in early March (as other rumours have hinted). The delay between announcement and actual launch appears at least partly due to factories shutting down for the Chinese New Year running from January 23rd to January 28th.

Recent rumours have suggested that the iPad 3 will come with a quad-core processor, a QXGA (1536×2048) display, and possibly LTE connectivity. Apple is also likely to continue to offer the iPad 2 at a discounted price alongside the iPad 3.

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Next-generation iPad to be available within 4 months?

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Dec 122011

AppleRumours about the next generation iPad are gathering steam once more. A new Digitimes report suggests that it could be available as early as March or April with production set to start in January and hitting production volumes in February. The timelines support those of earlier rumours.

Whereas OEMs are expected to manufacture up to 15 million iPad 2s in Q4 2011, production will drop to 4 to 5 million in Q1 2012 as they gear up for production of the new model. In preparation, suppliers have already begun to deliver the necessary components to the OEM contractors.

Production on the next-generation iPad could reach almost 10 million units in the first quarter of production.

The iPad 3 could sport a high-resolution Retina Display with a dual backlight system, making it slightly thicker than the iPad 2. But Apple may not be the first to market with such a display. Rumours have suggested that Samsung will unveil its own high-resolution display tablet at MWC in February.

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Rumour: 4-inch iPhone 5 displays begin to ship

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Nov 282011

AppleMore rumours have surfaced that the next iPhone (the oft-rumoured iPhone 5) will sport a larger 4-inch display. Citing an “Asian source,” Japanese site Macotakara is reporting that Hitachi and Sony have started to ship the larger display for a “4-inch device.”

The report also hints at a new display for the iPad, reinforcing earlier rumours that the next iPad could use Apple’s Retina Display technology and offer much higher resolution than the current model.

If displays are already shipping, could both a new iPhone and new iPad be announced earlier than next summer?

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Source: PC Mag

Rumour: Apple iPhone and iPad to grow bigger in 2012

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Nov 202011

AppleIt’s been relatively quiet on the iPhone and iPad rumour front recently. But we all knew it could not stay that way too long. iLounge is reporting that their “most reliable source” has shed some light on what we can expect in 2012.

First up is the third generation iPad. It will be slightly thicker (by 0.7mm) as a new higher resolution display will require a dual backlight system. It could be announced as early as January and available as early as March.

Meanwhile, the next generation iPhone will not feature a tear drop design but will come with a 4-inch display, making about 8 millimeters longer than the current model. It could also sport a metal (aluminium probably) casing. It could be unveiled in the summer although that could slip as it is still at the engineering stage of development.

Lastly, thinner MacBook Pros (taking design cues from Apple’s very successful MacBook Air) will also be introduced in 2012.

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Apple iPad 3 production underway?

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Oct 142011

AppleThe Apple rumour mill never sleeps. As the iPhone 4S went on sale, attention has now turned to the next iPad. According to Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro, Apple has begun production of the iPad 3. According to his “supply chain checks,” fourth quarter iPad production has increased and Fidacaro suggests that this is due to an early iPad 3 production run:

“Since our last month supply chain checks we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter of calendar 2011,” Fidacaro told AllThingsD. “Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s.”

With production underway, Fidacaro expects that Apple will launch the iPad 3 in early 2012. Could Apple unveil its next iPad a year after unveiling the iPad 2?

Fidacaro shed no light on what changes Apple would bring to the latest iPad.

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LG: Next Apple iPad to have Retina Display

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Jul 242011

LG CEO Kwon Young-soo today told The Korea Times that LG will supply Apple with ‘Retina Displays’ for the next iPad. He added that other manufacturers would also offer such displays in the near future. During the interview, Kwon said that “more smartphone manufacturers will release new models employing LG’s “Retina Display” that has been used in iPhones and iPads.”

During the interview, Kwon also took a swipe at Samsung and its OLED displays, saying: “Samsung is misleading the market because OLED displays are not suitable in terms of picture quality, response time, energy consumption and contrast ratios for smartphones and tablets.”

Rumours that the next iPad would have a higher resolution display have swirled for a while now. This statement is the first quasi-official indication that the rumours were on the mark. More recent rumours have suggested that Apple could release an iPad 2 Plus to complement the current iPad 2 rather than fully replace it.

LG is the manufacturer of the Retina Display found on the Apple iPhone 4.

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IDC: Tablet sales to top 53 million in 2011

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Jul 102011

Tablet shipments may have dropped 28 percent in Q1 2011 over Q4 2010 but IDC expects that sales will bounce back. In fact, it expects device shipments to now reach 53.5 million units, an increase over its initial estimate of 50.4 million.

“Like the PC market, Media Tablets had a bit of a challenging quarter in Q1, as concerns about general macroeconomic issues and the post-holiday letdown took a toll on demand,” said Bob O’Donnell, IDC Vice President, Clients and Displays. “We expect the rest of the year to be much stronger, but we believe vendors who continue to focus on the telco channel for distribution will face serious challenges.”

In Q1, Apple’s sales fell short of market expectations mostly due to overall economic conditions and supply chain challenges. Competing manufacturers that opted to focus their distribution through wireless carriers also found only “moderate success” as customers were largely unwilling to sign up for the data plans required with the devices (a trend expected to continue for the rest of the year). Despite the gloomy news, Google saw Android’s market share increase by 8.2 points as Android-powered tablets accounted for 34 percent of Q1 shipments.

IDC also reported that Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color is now the best selling e-reader with the Amazon Kindle falling to second place.

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New rumours that Apple iPad 3 will launch before Christmas

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Jun 052011


The rumours that Apple would launch its third-generation iPad in times for the holidays had died down for a while. They have been reawakened by research firm CLSA. According to the firm: “While most vendors appear fixated on matching the specs and features of iPad 2, our checks suggest Apple will release iPad 3 in time for the holiday season, sporting a better display and LTE capabilities.”

The latest rumours suggest that iPad component suppliers are already in the process of certifying parts with Apple. If so, production could start in time to deliver such a tablet by the end of the year. Other rumours suggest a spring 2012 release, maintaining Apple’s traditional yearly refresh cycle.

CLSA also indicates that an LTE iPhone will not be released in 2011.

With the WWDC set to kick off, perhaps some answers are only just over a day away…

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