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Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will begin shipping Apple's next-generation iPad within the next 100 days, allowing Apple to stock up for an April launch, a new report claims.

After checks with Taiwan-based component makers, industry publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday that Foxconn is set to ship the iPad 2 by the end of February 2011, with initial shipments of 400,000-600,000 units. Tuesday's report echoes an earlier report from the publication that claimed suppliers would ramp up shipments of iPad 2 components in the first quarter of 2011.

Apple had reportedly planned to begin mass production of the device in January, but ongoing testing of the new iPad's firmware has apparently forced Apple to postpone its schedule. But the iPad is still expected to launch in April, a year after the first-generation device debuted.

According to the report, Foxconn's new production plants in Chengdu are still in "pilot production," so the iPad 2 will be mainly supplied by the company's Shenzhen plants.

In preparation for a spring launch of the second generation of Apple's successful tablet device, production of the original iPad is expected to drop off in early February. According to DigiTimes' sources, Apple will still place orders for an estimated 1.6-1.8 million iPads through the end of January before reducing orders.

In September, sources told AppleInsider that Apple would introduce FaceTime-equipped next-gen iPads by the end of the first quarter of 2011, ahead of the usual 12-month product cycle. In November, rumors emerged that the next iPad will be a "world mode" device with both GSM and CDMA radios, allowing it to work on a variety of networks.

In the U.S., Verizon has already begun selling the iPad, though it currently only offers the Wi-Fi-only model bundled with a MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot. The iPad 3G model is not compatible with Verizon's CDMA network.
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Cool! I sort of hope it's sooner, but a little over 3 months sounds about right.
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In a word, SWEET!

I bought the low end 16GB WiFi model when the iPad first came out since I wasn't sure if I'd find it worth the money. It was! So much so I plan on buying the highest end version of the iPad 2 when it's released. Would that be 64GB with 3G? Or maybe 128GB with 4G? Some other combination? I guess time will tell...
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I passed on the 1st gen. Hope there is something compelling with the 2nd.
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Hope it has a Retina display. That would be enough incentive to upgrade. I often simultaneously use two iPads now... I wonder if three will fit in my workflow. Am I the only one who wishes someone would come out with a dual iPad case? One on each side when it opens like a book.

I wonder if they keep the old model around like the 3GS after the iPad 2 is released?
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Yes, I always pass on 1st Gen apple products as we all know Apple will bust a move with a better upgrade for the iPad 2. I hope its a Retina Display and front facing camera for facetime.
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I think I will wait til Feb to buy myself a Christmas present this year...
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I passed on the 1st gen. Hope there is something compelling with the 2nd.

Anything in particular you're hoping for?

For me I'm hitting mines 16GB limit hard, and 3G would be great for being out and about without having to juggle a MiFi unit too. I would just get the current model's high end, but figure I may as well wait for iPad 2 since it's probably right around the corner.

Anyways, I hope it'll have a Retina Display; thus doubling the pixel count like iPhone 4 did. Also a CPU and GPU speed bump would be nice since I do so much away from home gaming on mine. More RAM couldn't hurt too. Could care less about a camera(s) since I use my iPhone's camera anyways. For FaceTime it might be nice, except nobody I know has an iPhone or Mac so I'd just be talking to myself there.
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Retina Display on iPad would be impossible. Currently it has 1024x768, much more than iPhone4. To double that it would be impossible for current hardware, or in the near future, to push that much pixels on a mobile dvice.

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Random checks with random asians predict a new version of iPad within a generally accepted period of time spanning more than three months.

Wow this is amazing!!
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Retina Display on iPad would be impossible. Currently it has 1024x768, much more than iPhone4. To double that it would be impossible for current hardware, or in the near future, to push that much pixels on a mobile dvice.

While the iPhone-style Retina display may be out of reach for the iPad at this time, it is possible that one of the newer higher-resolution displays (such as those found on the MacBook Air) might make it to the iPad.

Personally, I'm skeptical about such matters however Apple has a history of improving feature sets and functionality over major price reductions.

Doubling screen resolution would be rather difficult at this time.
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Wow this is amazing!!

Dude that's nothing - my sources tell me the entire Mac line will be updated... in the next 12 months. This site is about quantity not quality. Some poor dude in Asia or Eastern Europe is getting paid to put up a minimum of X articles a day. You can tell he is really trying, and it's ok, but that does not hide the obviousness of the situation.
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Hope it has a Retina display. That would be enough incentive to upgrade. I often simultaneously use two iPads now... I wonder if three will fit in my workflow. Am I the only one who wishes someone would come out with a dual iPad case? One on each side when it opens like a book.

I wonder if they keep the old model around like the 3GS after the iPad 2 is released?

I seriously doubt that Apple will bump the resolution up to 2048x1536/263.92 dot pitch, which is about all they can really do and still keep complete compatibility with current iPad/HD apps.

Even if they do that, it still won't match the iPhone4's pixel density of 329.65, therefore NOT meeting the 'magical' 300 pixel destiny required to be called a 'retina display'.

We'll See, but it's highly doubtful from a cost/practical perspective.
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post #14 of 88
2nd Generation IPAD probably will have a feature or two that we're not expecting. After all now the competition is out there.
Maybe a built in BLU-Ray player, Maybe a built in T.V. Tuner who knows?????????????
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LOL yeah this just in - Apple is set to refresh its products at least once a year. OMFG

In any case I'm glad I got my iPad in July/August this year. Been enjoying it ever since. I wonder what the next gen will bring, it's pretty compelling as it is. They could cut down the weight, the aluminium unibody strength of the iPad is kinda overkill. It is really tough and sturdy, you could beat someone with it.
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Anything in particular you're hoping for?

For me I'm hitting mines 16GB limit hard, and 3G would be great for being out and about without having to juggle a MiFi unit too. I would just get the current model's high end, but figure I may as well wait for iPad 2 since it's probably right around the corner.

Yeah I have to say I'm glad I went straight away with 32GB, at the same time 3G has been absolutely essential for emergencies.

RAM will be bumped to 512MB at least for shure.
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Second gen iPad shall be mine! I waited long enough.

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2nd Generation IPAD probably will have a feature or two that we're not expecting. After all now the competition is out there.
Maybe a built in BLU-Ray player, Maybe a built in T.V. Tuner who knows?????????????

wow. i mean yeah, it will likely have something unexpected, but seriously, you picked the two least likely things the ipad will ever have

a blu ray player in an ipad? seriously? which mac even has the option of having a blu ray player? even the mac pro, intended for video professionals, etc, doesn't even have the build to order option of a blu ray player.

and tv tuner... only one (unsuccessful) apple product has ever had one

honestly, i wouldn't be surprised if the next ipad was just a spec bump.
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I passed on the 1st gen. Hope there is something compelling with the 2nd.

There will never be a 2nd gen. Just wait.. 12 seconds after the new iPad is introduced, you'll hear from the typical trollers on how it's actually a 1st-gen of the Rev B which by default, goes right back to a rev A unit.

I'm actually buying two of them. One for me and one as a gift. Unfortunately, I will have to wrap a mock-iPad photograph under the tree. I'm sure my significant-other will understand. She's totally waiting for the new iPad as well. It will be a fun and very delayed Christmas.
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Yes, I always pass on 1st Gen apple products as we all know Apple will bust a move with a better upgrade for the iPad 2. I hope its a Retina Display and front facing camera for facetime.

Personally, I Always skip 1st and 2nd generation products from Apple as I know that by the 3rd generation they really will have made a better product. I'm looking for a 3D Retina display, stereo speakers with built-in subwoofer to replace the current tinny sounding setup, at least 500GB of storage and the latest Intel chip from the MacBook Air - boy will this baby scream!

Luckily there are enough mugs around to buy those early versions so that Apple actually sell enough to make it worthwhile to make the one I'm waiting for ...
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I passed on the 1st gen. Hope there is something compelling with the 2nd.

I bought the first one and love it.

I will also be buying the 2nd version.

Use mine for surfing the net and mail, planning stuff for work, drawing art for work, editing stuff in Pages, making presentations for work, referencing my huge collection of PDFs and of course for the occasional game and movie. Oh, and managing photos, writing music... It is awesome.

Can only imagine these tasks will get even better on the next version.

 

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post #22 of 88
Well, it's bound to have.

- At least a front facing camera for FaceTime although 2 is more likely so it doesn't look underspeced by comparison.

- Faster custom processor now dual-cores are available on the architecture, Ram at least doubled to 512mb.
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Dude that's nothing - my sources tell me the entire Mac line will be updated... in the next 12 months.

Hahaha my sources say the same.
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wow. i mean yeah, it will likely have something unexpected, but seriously, you picked the two least likely things the ipad will ever have

a blu ray player in an ipad? seriously?

I can only assume he was having a joke!
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Fantastic news! I hope it's true!

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Just a question. Do you think Apple are relying on people to undertake a two year upgrade cycle on iPad like they typically do for phones? It would seem to me the iPad updates would be purchased on a less frequent basis, sitting somewhere between phone and computers. I had my Macbook for 4 years before upgrading.

I guess what I'm asking, is that after the initial growth curve for iPad (which we're still in) is the rate of uptake going to be sustained at a similar level to that of iphones and ipod touches?
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Just a question. Do you think Apple are relying on people to undertake a two year upgrade cycle on iPad like they typically do for phones? It would seem to me the iPad updates would be purchased on a less frequent basis, sitting somewhere between phone and computers. I had my Macbook for 4 years before upgrading.

I guess what I'm asking, is that after the initial growth curve for iPad (which we're still in) is the rate of uptake going to be sustained at a similar level to that of iphones and ipod touches?

Yup I think iPad is on a one- or two-yearly cycle, being more of a very new kind of device than a computer. Doesn't matter anyways because in 2011 and 2012 iPhone 4/5/6 and iPad 2/3 is going to be mostly to new users in currently underserved markets.
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I passed on the 1st gen. Hope there is something compelling with the 2nd.

Compelling ? What the heck are you blabbing about ?
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I honestly don't care "when" it comes out, so long as it has dual cameras and a built-in SD card slot!
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Can someone please explain to me what's wrong with the current iPad display - 1024 x 768 is more pixels than the 17 inch displays of a few years ago, crammed into a (less than) 10" display. It's beautiful, I don't hold it an inch from my face and everything displayed on it looks beautiful.

By the way - I call foul on this story, This is competitors trying to hurt holiday sales for Apple. People are less likely to buy at christmas if the new device is only 'eight weeks' away. Apple will NEVER have a product cycle of less than twelve months.
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I honestly don't care "when" it comes out, so long as it has dual cameras and a built-in SD card slot!

I'm guessing you've never used/held one - how/why on earth would you want to take a photograph with this form factor - this is not a camera, it's a tablet and completely unsuited for photography. An SD card slot would be nice, but the camera connection kit sorts that requirement whenever the rare occasion i need to plug in a card.
post #32 of 88
The update will be welcome.

The BB tablet looked like it ran about twice as fast as the current iPad, and I doubt that the software had anything to do with it.
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I hoping for USB...
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There was a mockup of a MacBook Pro posted a while back that aimed to solve the "It's gotta have this or it's a deal-breaker for me" gripes that was well-done. Hopefully, somebody can do one for the iPad.

• quad-core 2.6GHz CPU
• Dual 10X zoom cameras with flash
• 4 USB ports
• 20 hour battery with solar changer
• built-in projector
• 12GB RAM
• 1TB memory
• 2 SD card readers (flush mounting)
• FW 800 port
• HDMI port
• mini-display port
• digital TV tuner with recording capability
• AM/FM radio with automatic talk-radio channel muter
• half the weight of the current model
• twice the pixels
• retractable keyboard
• latte maker

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Now that that is done, I would like to see USB so that I can plug in my camera without the darned camera connector thingy that I often leave at home.

A big thing I'd like to see is a more open architecture that would allow companies to make their devices link to the iPad/iPhone more easily.

The one device I wish would sync data over is my Ketsrel weather meter. The developer of their apps said that Apple made it difficult for companies to make their devices work easily with the i-devices, and pointed out the lack of a plethora of these things. There are so many possibilities...

 

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post #36 of 88
PFFT Only 12GB of RAM? And I sure hope that 1TB is SSD...

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There was a mockup of a MacBook Pro posted a while back that aimed to solve the "It's gotta have this or it's a deal-breaker for me" gripes that was well-done. Hopefully, somebody can do one for the iPad.

• quad-core 2.6GHz CPU
• Dual 10X zoom cameras with flash
• 4 USB ports
• 20 hour battery with solar changer
• built-in projector
• 12GB RAM
• 1TB memory
• 2 SD card readers (flush mounting)
• FW 800 port
• HDMI port
• mini-display port
• digital TV tuner with recording capability
• AM/FM radio with automatic talk-radio channel muter
• half the weight of the current model
• twice the pixels
• retractable keyboard
• latte maker

Did I forget anything?

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Now that that is done, I would like to see USB so that I can plug in my camera without the darned camera connector thingy that I often leave at home.

A big thing I'd like to see is a more open architecture that would allow companies to make their devices link to the iPad/iPhone more easily.

The one device I wish would sync data over is my Ketsrel weather meter. The developer of their apps said that Apple made it difficult for companies to make their devices work easily with the i-devices, and pointed out the lack of a plethora of these things. There are so many possibilities...

So you can remember your camera, usb cable for the camera, but not leave one end of the USB cable attached the iPad adapter?

I agree there are many possibilities and I don't want to get into the "media consumption" debate again, but this device was targeted at consumers for digital media consumption and light content creation. That it is being used for more is fantastic, but the tablet computer will take time to evolve and no doubt in a few years time we'll see a pro-tablet with all the features pro's want - in the meantime, I really don't think Apple have any issues with sales levels to worry about. And it's a shame "Ketsrel" don't have the technical skills to make their device work when so many other companies have done... Maybe it's time for them to make an investment in skills, rather than waiting for Apple to do their job for them.
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I think I will wait til Feb to buy myself a Christmas present this year...

I am the same ... I am sure Apple have their reasons but it has always puzzled me why new products emerge just after Christmas each year. I always visited the Mac World shows in San Francisco and remember well that was a massive to product time but now Apple doesn't have that annual event to take into account, I can't help but wonder why they don't move their refresh cycle back a month or two to coincide with the year's largest sales potential period, especially now they are so consumer oriented.
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Personally, I Always skip 1st and 2nd generation products from Apple as I know that by the 3rd generation they really will have made a better product. I'm looking for a 3D Retina display, stereo speakers with built-in subwoofer to replace the current tinny sounding setup, at least 500GB of storage and the latest Intel chip from the MacBook Air - boy will this baby scream!

Luckily there are enough mugs around to buy those early versions so that Apple actually sell enough to make it worthwhile to make the one I'm waiting for ...

Don't hold your breath while you wait...

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There was a mockup of a MacBook Pro posted a while back that aimed to solve the "It's gotta have this or it's a deal-breaker for me" gripes that was well-done. Hopefully, somebody can do one for the iPad.

quad-core 2.6GHz CPU
Dual 10X zoom cameras with flash
4 USB ports
20 hour battery with solar changer
built-in projector
12GB RAM
1TB memory
2 SD card readers (flush mounting)
FW 800 port
HDMI port
mini-display port
digital TV tuner with recording capability
AM/FM radio with automatic talk-radio channel muter
half the weight of the current model
twice the pixels
retractable keyboard
latte maker

Did I forget anything?

As you know, just a small one: anything remotely close to reality

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