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An iPad 2 production line is being setup in Brazil

Rumors have been floating around for some time about the possibility of some Apple products being assembled in Brazil.  These rumors got a lot more substance today as one of the two largest newspapers in the country published an article stating that components where already being shipped to the location of a Foxconn factory in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.  This facility currently produces computers and other types of electronic equipment for HP and Sony. If this rumor turns out to really be true it should drive down the price of the iPad in Brazil by a large  factor.  Such a reduction would almost immediately result in increased sales as the current high price of the device acts as deterrent to lower-income users making a choice between getting a netbook and an iPad. Currently, a first generation 16GB WiFi iPad is being sold in Brazil for around $820.  The fiscal incentives offered to electronics manufacturers that handle final assembly in the country and the reclassification of the iPad as PC by the Brazilian federal government could result in as much as a 40% reduction in the price of the iPad for the Brazilian consumer. With Apple selling iPads just about as fast as they can manufacture them, it would make a lot of sense for Foxcomm, that does the actual manufacturing, to expand production to more of their factories.  Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, who currently figures as the 8th richest person on the planet according to Forbes, is known to have been actively working to persuade Foxcomm to seek Apple’s agreement to start production of Apple products in Brazil....
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Rumor: iPad 2 annoumcement on March 2nd!?

The latest rumor floating around about the iPad 2 is that it will be announced on March 2nd. This rumor comes right on the heels of another about the general refresh of the MacBook line which is expected for tomorrow, February 24th. According to this rumor all MacBooks will have at least some SSD storage for fast startup and sleep, much like the iPad.
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The iRumor mill: anything is possible

Over the past couple of weeks lots of baseless and sometimes conflicting rumors seem to have floated around regarding Apple’s plans for the iPad and the iPhone.  A lot of this is probably related to the total lack of official information about the next iPad generation in a moment in time in which everyone is expecting it to come next week. Everyone expects Apple to announce a second generation iPad either in February or in March and the large number of announcements from all the companies trying to get a piece of the pie is just making everyone everyone even more anxious for some information.  Any information will do! Not long ago John Gruber, of Daring Fireball, wrote that he thought that Apple might release two iPad models in 2011. One model would be released next month and another one would be released around September.  That comment sparked a wave of posts stating that Apple would release the iPad 3 still in 2011, that lasted for days. Even more recently another wave started that stated that Apple was testing an iPhone with a physical keyboard.  Come on!  I can accept a lot of the crazier rumors floating around but I seriously doubt that such a rumor would have even started if HP hadn’t just announced the Pre 3 phone which has a sliding keyboard and doesn’t use a virtual one. The rumor that Apple is going to review its notification system at least came in the wake of a demo of a feature of HP’s webOS which looks like an improvement over what you have in iOS.  If people are going to make up a rumor that Apple is going to copy a feature of one of HP’s products, at least pick a good...
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iPad XL: Apple preparing supersized iPad

While other companies are releasing smaller 7 inch tablets, Apple is taking the iPad to a larger form factor.  Sources with knowledge on the subject revealed that Apple is testing iPad prototypes with displays that go from 13 all the way up to 17 inches in size. These larger size iPads will be focused in the education market (13 to 14 inches in size) and the home entertainment market (the larger 17 inch display).  In the education market the larger screens would help make the reading experience better when the iPad is positioned on a desktop, as when its used with the cover that Apple provides. In the home entertainment area the larger 17 inch iPad would be aimed at the gaming and video applications.  With Apple adding to iOS the ability to be on the receiving end of video streaming coming from an iTunes equipped Mac or PC the 17 inch iPad might become tomorrow’s personal large screen. Touch based games have introduced a whole new way of interacting with games.  Touch interfaces are particularly good for board games and this is one segment which Apple seems to be looking into with interest.  The 17 inch iPad XL would be the center of your home entertainment experience with each person involved in multi-player game would use an iPod Touch or iPhone a game controller. Warning: This is post is based on a totally unsubstantiated rumor.  This is just another of the baseless and conflicting rumors being spread around in the vacuum left by the lack of official news about the new iPad 2.  We’re all sure that it is coming but until Apple reveals it, speculation will be...
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WSJ: iPad 2 already in production

The Wall Street Journal published a small note today stating that Apple has already began production of the iPad 2, citing “people familiar with the matter”.  According with the note the new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the current generation device, with cameras and video calling capabilities, but won’t have a retina display. While it is hard to judge if this rumor merits any more credence than any of the countless that have circulated lately, it matches my own expectations.   That the new iPad will have a more powerful processor and more memory there is little doubt.  It will probably have a more powerful graphics processing unit as well, according to the WSJ note and common sense. As I mentioned in the past, I don’t believe the time is right for Apple to introduce a higher resolution screen with the iPad 2.  Apple’s dominance of the market in 2011 is pretty much assured thanks to the stability it has provided to the iOS platform, helping to ensure that users feel comfortable in investing in apps for their devices and to the large number of apps that are already available for the iPad. Down the road, perhaps with the iPad’s third generation (iPad 3), introducing a much higher resolution will add to the enticement for upgrades as well as pave the road for the introduction of a possible introduction of a smaller model which uses the current resolution, on a smaller display.  (Perhaps 8 inches?!) (Via...
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The same iPad 2 may work with both GSM and CDMA networks

After a Verizon iPhone 4 was taken apart and its pictures published on the Web, articles are popping up right and left commenting on the fact that it uses a dual chip from Qualcomm which can work in both GSM and CDMA networks.  Apple did not include a GSM chip card module, so the phone can’t actually work on GSM networks but this might be an indication that both models will be merged when the iPhone 5 is released. More important at this point, however, is the question of whether or not the next generation iPad will use this same chip to work with both networks.  While we are still five months away from a possible iPhone 5 release, the general consensus is that we are probably no more than a few weeks away from an iPad 2 introduction. Using such a dual mode chip in the second generation iPad would make it possible for Apple to continue to offer six iPad models instead of having to branch out to nine of them.  This might be even more interesting if Apple retains some iPad 1 models in production as low end entry points into the company’s mobile platform.  While Apple certainly doesn’t seem to be having any trouble selling the iPad at its current price point, many families which already own an iPad might opt to buy more of them if there are lower cost options available. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long to find out what Apple has been cooking for the iPad...
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Intriguing question: Will iPad 1 and iPad 2 coexist?

I just ran into the most intriguing post on Mac Observer: What if Apple continues iPad 1 sales after April.  When you stop to think about it, it might just make a lot of sense for Apple to do so.  There seems to be no lack of people interested in buying the current generation iPad and making it available as the low cost entry point into the iPad ecosystem might just help to bury all those competitors lining up for their shot at the iPad. After a year it can probably be argued that it costs a lot less to make the current model iPad than it did when it was introduced and it might take on the role of the iPhone 3GS which is available as a low cost entry point to the iPhone family.   Apple has been doing this sort of thing with both the iPhone and the iPod Touch for the past couple of years and it makes a lot of sense for it to do so with the iPad as well. Would a low priced iPad 1 cannibalize sales of the iPad 2?  Probably not.  As it turns out many people who purchased the iPad have also bought a second iPad or are just waiting for the iPad 2 in order to do so.  At my home, whenever I put down the iPad there is always someone ready to pick it up.  Going forward the iPad 1 might just be good enough to be the iPad you have laying around the house or which kids take to school while the grown ups carry the more powerful iPad 2s to work. Again, this is something we’ll have to wait and see how Apple is going to play it.  Be sure to check out John Martellaro’s post on Mac Observer for his views on this...
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Analysts and iPad Watcher in agreement, HiRes display is for iPad 3

It seems that a number of people have come to the conclusion that the much talked about HiRes display (2048×1536) might make it into the third generation of the iPad, but probably not the iPad 2.  Just recently we published a post which argued this point, though coming at it with a different angle than MacRumors and PC World. Both of these sites have posts which comment on analyst opinions on the feasibility of Apple getting manufacturers to produce such a high resolution display, of such small size and in enough quantities.  That is certainly a valid point.  On the other hand, even considering that it was feasible, it would not make much sense for Apple to play this card at this point.  It’s not as if there are several competing problems challenging the iPad that need to be squashed. As it stands now, the new features that Apple will probably add to the second generation iPad are probably more than enough to ensure that its hardware will be at least equal to that of everyone else, while its software stands head and shoulders above...
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Image in iOS 4.3 beta confirms the presence of cameras in iPad 2

Even though everyone already expected the iPad 2 to come equipped with one or more cameras, it is interesting to have this confirmed.  Images found in beta 2 of iOS 4.3 show the screen of the iPad with three new icons which seem to be fore FaceTime, Camera an Photo Booth applications. This image is used as an overlay to give the user a preview of how the device will look with a new wallpaper. MacRumors has a blowup of the image. While confirming the presence of cameras is interesting in itself, it is very interesting to see that Apple is not only bringing in the camera related functions of the iPhone into the iPad, but also those that are found on the Mac.  With iOS features making their way into OS X Lion, the presence of a ported Mac application on the next release of iOS just goes to show that Apple is evolving both operating systems towards being  more tightly...
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iPad 2.0 Rumor roundup

While all iPad users are probably eagerly awaiting the final release of iOS 4.2, there isn’t much mystery left in it.  Now what really seems to be drawing in people’s attention is the second generation of the iPad.  Just in this last week a number of new rumors have surfaced about it.  Some are about how the device will be made, others about what features it will have and still others about when it will be available. The most recent rumors are about the possibility that the second generation iPad could shed its aluminum casing in favor of one made out of carbon fiber in an attempt to get rid of excess weight.  This rumors surfaced due to a patent application from Apple that shows a sketch of what is clearly an iPad casing which is made out of plastic reinforced carbon fiber. On the surfaced rumors that the 3G version of iPad 2.0 will have both CDMA and GSM capabilities being thus able to operate in just about any celular network on the planet. Also this week came the rumor that Apple had already closed deals with component manufacturers for the components of the next iPad and that these manufacturers were preparing to start delivering large quantities of components in Q1 of 2011.  Regardless of whether this rumor is true or not, I do expect Apple to announce the second generation of the iPad early in 2011.  Apple has been following a one year cycle with iPods and the iPhone for quite a while now and it seems only logical that the iPad should fall into the same cycle. Rumors are consistent about iPad 2.0 having a forward facing camera which I can only consider a logical conclusion considering that Apple has added FaceTime support to the iPod Touch and the Mac.   It is only natural that you should be able to use your iPad to make a FaceTime call. As we move past the end of 2010 and into the first days of 2011, the number of rumors around the next version of Apple’s game changing device will probably increase into a frenzy, as in the days immediately before the iPad was actually announced. If you think people are already talking a lot about the iPad, wait until you see how much they’ll be talking about it over the next couple of...
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Rumored iPad 2.0 parts are probably from old prototypes

Pictures showing an iPad casing with two 30 pin connection slots, the one currently found on the device and another for docking it in a horizontal position made their way to several sites today.   These pictures led to speculation that the next iPad may actually be released with two such connectors, but they are most likely from old iPad 1.0 prototypes. It is rumored that Apple experimented with such an arrangement for the current generation of the iPad before deciding on keeping just the port located on the “bottom” side of the unit.   This being the case, it is more likely that what we are seeing now are parts from abandoned prototypes than from the next iPad model. You can check out a picture of one of these iPad frames on Apple Insider. If you liked this post, please take a moment to follow iPadWatcher on...
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Apple sends out invitations for a special media event

Apple has sent out invitations for a special media event on September 1st. The invitation which figures an acoustic guitar seems to imply that the focus of the event is still in music, which is what could be expected from the event in which Apple usually presents its new iPod line. The rumors floating around had these past few days have had all been centering around the possibility that Apple might have a new version of its Apple TV to introduce.  It is still possible that this will happen, however the main focus of the event would seem to be the new iPods.
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iPad 2.0 and the iPad mini

Rumors have been flying around about a new iPad with a 7 inch screen for some time now.  Some people have gone as far as suggesting that this would be a second generation iPad which might be announced as soon as this September, when Apple will probably reveal its new iPod models. Without going into the merits of whether Apple will or will not, should or should not announce a smaller iPad, I will state that a smaller iPad would not be the second generation of the current iPad.  Apple is selling iPads just as fast as they can produced and I see no indication that replacing the current model with another with a smaller screen would be in the company’s interest at this time. Apple might consider the possibility of creating an iPad mini, just as there was an iPod mini once.  This smaller device would still need to be able to run all the applications of the larger iPad model and have a comparable battery life.  Such a smaller model could be limited to smaller storage capacities and would definitely need to have a lower price point in order to be attractive to users, over the larger model. I can think of a few situations in which a smaller, lighter device would be welcome.  In the medical field where the iPad seems to be well received by hospitals and physicians having a lighter device to carry around all day could be quite interesting just as it would be interesting for those interested in reading as a primary usage for the device. While the iPad is too expensive to be a direct competitor to the Kindle and other such eBook readers, I don’t imagine that most iPad users would still want to carry around an eBook reader when they can have the equivalent function as an App in his or her iPad. All that said, if we see a smaller iPad being announced any time soon I would imagine that it will be in the role of an iPad mini and not as the iPad 2.0.  I think we can safely expect that the iPad 2.0 will be making its appearance on a stage early in 2011, roughly a year after the introduction of the original...
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Rumor: 7 inch iPad might be announced early in 2011

The rumor that a 7 inch iPad might be in the works for release by early 2011 started circulating today and was quickly picked up by most technology blogs.  It seems that the rumor started from a post on iLounge and spread from there. I’m not really sold on that idea, though. I can think of several activities, such as reading fiction, which I would prefer to do with a slightly smaller and much lighter version of the iPad. I would be reluctant, however, to give up the ease of use and productivity of the current crop of  iPad applications which go way beyond what you have on the iPhone and iPod Touch. While I’m sure that Apple probably has several concept devices in the works and in testing, early 2011 might be too soon to introduce such variations of the main iPad design.  I do expect Apple to introduce a second generation iPad early in 2011, but I don’t expect that Apple will choose to present us such wide variation from model to model as to have a whole different line or an iPad mini, if you will. Should Apple decide that there is a market for a smaller iPad, it would probably make sense to introduce it several months after the second generation iPad has hit the market. If you liked this post, please take a moment to follow iPadWatcher on...
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FaceTime for iPad and iPod touch details start to emerge

A post on Boy Genius Report has got an immensely blown up picture of what the configuration screen of FaceTime should like on the iPod Touch.  Earlier today the habitual rumors about the presence of a camera on the next generation iPod Touch were circulating and this seems to tie in rather nicely with the configuration screen which is supposedly from the developer seed of iOS 4.1 which shows that FaceTime will use and email to identify the user for the purpose of placing video calls. It is not recent news that Apple has experimented with adding a camera to the iPod Touch in the past.  A couple of prototypes of a third generation iPod Touch with a camera have surfaced in the past several months. Steve Jobs himself, in his keynote at WWDC 2010,  mentioned that Apple expected to sell tens of millions of FaceTime devices.  We must therefore assume either the iPod Touch, the iPad or both will get FaceTime support in the not too distant future.  As I don’t really expect to see a new iPad announced before January it seems likely that 2010 is really the year in which the iPod Touch will finally get a camera. While the Boy Genius suggests that FaceTime will use an Apple ID for user identification, the screenshots show only mention an email so it might be possible that it accept an email that is not tied to an Apple ID as your FaceTime “number”.  On the iPhone FaceTime makes use of the actual phone number of the person you want to call, but on the iPad and iPod Touch there is no phone number so another solution for identifying the person you want to call. Using email addresses is a good idea as just about anyone with an iPod, iPad will have an email account and anyone tha doesn’t can always get one free.  This identification method could also be used to allow users with Macs to share in all the FaceTime video calling network as all iMacs and MacBooks are equipped with...
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