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A new rumor claims that Apple plans to hold a special event to introduce in-app subscriptions with iOS 4.3 next week, and that the company intends to introduce its second-generation iPad at the conclusion of the event.

Citing sources within the accessories business, MacNotes.de reported Thursday that Apple is planning an event next week to highlight the features of iOS 4.3. The site speculated that the second-generation iPad could be presented as the famous "one more thing" at the end of the event.

Apple's new in-app subscription feature was unveiled on Wednesday with the launch of The Daily for iPad. But when asked about when the functionality might become available to other content providers and developers, iTunes chief Eddy Cue declined to comment, saying that Apple would provide more details in the near future. An event for iOS 4.3 could be where those details would be revealed.

MacNotes.de does not have an established track record with respect to Apple rumors, though it did obtain parts for a white iPhone 4 in December, and it has also claimed that the "iPad 2" will launch in early April. The alleged timeframe reported Thursday would also fit recent evidence that Apple could launch iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad by Feb. 13.

The third beta of iOS 4.3 was released to developers this week. Apple has released updated betas on a weekly basis since mid-January.

Rumors of Apple's anticipated second-generation iPad have picked up steam in recent weeks, as Apple approaches the one-year mark since the device was launched in April 2010. Reports have suggested that the device could include a dual-core graphics processor and a mini DisplayPort.

Last week, AppleInsider exclusively reported that other rumors of an SD card slot on the next iPad are unlikely to materialize. Slots shown in leaked images of next-generation iPad cases are said to be more likely used for a SIM card in the model with integrated 3G wireless connectivity.

For more, see AppleInsider's extensive coverage of the iPad 2.
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Sounds like a good time for RIM to have another "meeting" about what the s**t they are going to do!
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...The alleged timeframe reported Thursday would also fit recent evidence that Apple could launch iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad by Feb. 13.

Given no GM has been seeded and also that Safari seems quite buggy, I can't see a release by 13th Feb, maybe late Feb :/
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I think the 15th would be a stretch, but the 22nd is plausable and I think apple knows they need to get v. 2 out asap to stop any momentum from the xoom and honeycomb.
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MacNotes.de does not have an established track record with respect to Apple rumors, though it did obtain parts for a white iPhone 4 in December, and it has also claimed that the "iPad 2" will launch in early April.

And cannibalize current iPad sales for two month? I don't think so.
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I think the 15th would be a stretch, but the 22nd is plausable and I think apple knows they need to get v. 2 out asap to stop any momentum from the xoom and honeycomb.

No, they don't. Apple schedules based on their own choices, not by any outside threats (what threats?).

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Given Apple's email marketing for iPad 1 as a Valentine's gift, this seems completely out of sync. Maybe the extra thing will be a refresh of MB Pro? I thought they were about ready for a refresh.
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And cannibalize current iPad sales for two month? I don't think so.

Yeah. I only see an announcement if there is a launch imminent.
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Given Apple's email marketing for iPad 1 as a Valentine's gift, this seems completely out of sync. Maybe the extra thing will be a refresh of MB Pro? I thought they were about ready for a refresh.

Agreed. They'll end up with a lot of pissed off people that just bought it and will have to deal with returns or another round of rebates. I would guess it would be announced close to a month after this Valentine's push.
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A new rumor claims that Apple plans to hold a special event to introduce in-app subscriptions with iOS 4.3 next week, and that the company intends to introduce its second-generation iPad at the conclusion of the event. ...

THis makes no sense at all unless they intend to start selling iPad 2.0 within a week or so also, which would be way early.

The iPad was announced far ahead of it's availability last time to generate interest in a new product. Showing everyone the new one when it isn't due to be available for months would just destroy sales and Apple never does it for 2.0 products.
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That would mean invitations to the event would role out next week. I really don't see this happening but who knows, it just might.

For sure, the iPad WILL BE the MAIN EVENT! No doubt in my mind about that.

iPods are the main event.

iPhone is the main event.

iPads will be the main event.

Without a doubt.
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That would mean invitations to the event would role out next week. I really don't see this happening but who knows, it just might.

For sure, the iPad WILL BE the MAIN EVENT! No doubt in my mind about that.

iPods are the main event.

iPhone is the main event.

iPads will be the main event.

Without a doubt.

Absolutely. iPad 2 as a "one more thing" is not likely. They really have not done that with a big product in a while.
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I don't think they would announce the iPad at the end of an iOS announcement. (Welcome to iOS 4.3! We have this killer new feature where you can buy wonderful things in your apps; oh yeah and we have an ipad too.") Certainly the other way around. I call complete BS on this rumor.
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I think the 15th would be a stretch, but the 22nd is plausable and I think apple knows they need to get v. 2 out asap to stop any momentum from the xoom and honeycomb.

I agree that Apple has to get iPad v2 in people's minds fairly quickly but I'm not sure if it has to be in February. I can almost guarantee that the Moto Xoom w/ Honeycomb will be a complete mess if they rush it out the door this month as promised.
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Too soon.. They need to wait until after MWC and for HP and other major players to introduce their tablets (which most of them will be doing real soon)..

But I call BS on this one. Apple usually gives two weeks notice before introducing new joint.
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I think the 15th would be a stretch, but the 22nd is plausable and I think apple knows they need to get v. 2 out asap to stop any momentum from the xoom and honeycomb.

Well, I don't think they need to rush to beat the Xoom, or other Honeycomb devices, release, or to beat the Playbook, either, but, it's not an entirely far fetched rumor, although, perhaps not entirely accurate.

Apple typically has an event to introduce the next version of iOS, which, this time around, would be iOS v5. Last year it was in April, the year before in March, I believe, for a June release of the software with the next gen iPhone, in each case. So, if the iPad is on track for the usual annual release cycle they have followed for other iOS devices, it wouldn't be that surprising to expect an announcement of iOS v5 some time soon.

They also will at some point announce the next iPad, maybe at this event, maybe on a later date. The iPhone gets announced at WWDC. The iPod Touch and other new iPods at their Fall "Media" event. So, something in Feb/March that maybe becomes an annual event, introducing the next version of iOS to developers and introducing the next generation iPad wouldn't be a huge departure.
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THis makes no sense at all unless they intend to start selling iPad 2.0 within a week or so also, which would be way early.

The iPad was announced far ahead of it's availability last time to generate interest in a new product. Showing everyone the new one when it isn't due to be available for months would just destroy sales and Apple never does it for 2.0 products.

And also to give developers time to develop apps.
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I would say RIM is pretty much out of the game at this point. I don't see anyone getting in the way of Android and iOS anytime soon.

Hp/Palm would beg to differ according to their big event scheduled week. .. The leaks I've seen look interesting.
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I would say RIM is pretty much out of the game at this point. I don't see anyone getting in the way of Android and iOS anytime soon.

Agreed! Although, HP does not seem to be in a rush to get a tablet to market, just to have something to show...I could see them using Palm's WebOS (price $1 Billion) to do something better than the other competitors have done.

Although, I think Apple will remain the leader.
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I don't think they would announce the iPad at the end of an iOS announcement. (Welcome to iOS 4.3! We have this killer new feature where you can buy wonderful things in your apps; oh yeah and we have an ipad too.") Certainly the other way around. I call complete BS on this rumor.

My first thought, too. When was there ever a "one more thing" at the end of something like an IOS event? Besides, the rumour mill has not yet reached fever pitch and there have been no reports of a downturn in availability of the present iPad.
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Hp/Palm would beg to differ according to their big event scheduled week. .. The leaks I've seen look interesting.

I think all of the competition looks interesting... but all of these players have to bring out an absolutely flawless product to match Apple's flawless almost 1 year old introduction and sale of the iPad.
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That would mean invitations to the event would role out next week. I really don't see this happening but who knows, it just might.

For sure, the iPad WILL BE the MAIN EVENT! No doubt in my mind about that.

iPods are the main event.

iPhone is the main event.

iPads will be the main event.

Without a doubt.

I'm only sure of one thing - that you have no idea of what role these devices play in any announcement about new product roll out.
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Too soon.. They need to wait until after MWC and for HP and other major players to introduce their tablets (which most of them will be doing real soon)..

But I call BS on this one. Apple usually gives two weeks notice before introducing new joint.

Admittedly an aging freak (aka hippie for the younger crowd) that may not be up on the latest slang but joint? To me that is either jail, weed, dick or some mechanical fixture that allows motion about it - none of which I have ever witnessed Apple being in the business of peddling. Correct me if I am missing something here - inquiring minds want to know!
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Well, I don't think they need to rush to beat the Xoom, or other Honeycomb devices, release, or to beat the Playbook, either, but, it's not an entirely far fetched rumor, although, perhaps not entirely accurate.

Apple typically has an event to introduce the next version of iOS, which, this time around, would be iOS v5. Last year it was in April, the year before in March, I believe, for a June release of the software with the next gen iPhone, in each case. So, if the iPad is on track for the usual annual release cycle they have followed for other iOS devices, it wouldn't be that surprising to expect an announcement of iOS v5 some time soon.

They also will at some point announce the next iPad, maybe at this event, maybe on a later date. The iPhone gets announced at WWDC. The iPod Touch and other new iPods at their Fall "Media" event. So, something in Feb/March that maybe becomes an annual event, introducing the next version of iOS to developers and introducing the next generation iPad wouldn't be a huge departure.

This is good thinking.

Since the 1.0 product is usually introduced at a different time or under different conditions than all subsequent releases and since we only have the 1.0 release of the iPad to go by, it seems like it could easily be a whole variety of dates.

However, I still think it would be dumb of them to announce it significantly ahead of availability because of the traditional dampening affect those kind of announcements have on sales.
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Absolutely. iPad 2 as a "one more thing" is not likely. They really have not done that with a big product in a while.

Right ,and since I don't recall anyone other than Steve to utter those words, I would highly doubt they would use that tactic with Steve on medical leave.

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MacNotes.de does not have an established track record with respect to Apple rumors, though it did obtain parts for a white iPhone 4 in December, and it has also claimed that the "iPad 2" will launch in early April. The alleged timeframe reported Thursday would also fit recent evidence that Apple could launch iOS 4.3 for the iPhone and iPad by Feb. 13.

Feb 13 is a Sunday... so, unlikely!

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The third beta of iOS 4.3 was released to developers this week. Apple has released updated betas on a weekly basis since mid-January.

4.3 betas have been released on a normal bi-weekly basis (every 2 weeks).

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Given no GM has been seeded and also that Safari seems quite buggy, I can't see a release by 13th Feb, maybe late Feb :/

Apple could announce Monday or Tuesday, Feb 14 or 15, for pre-order and delivery/availability, say Mar 25.

A new Beta 4.3 & SDK could be made available on announce with new systems apps (Safari, Contacts, etc.), new feature support and new APIs. ≈ 6 weeks should be enough time to bring in a 4.3 GM.

There, likely, will be no compelling need for developers to upgrade their existing apps immediately -- rather take advantage of new features in a more pragmatic process.

Lastly, this would put Apple out front of the competition -- for developers and in the eyes of the resellers, enterprise and consumers
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I think, considering the Valentine's Marketing for iPad 1, iPad 2 won't show up until like mid-March.

Personally though, I won't be thinking about buying it unless it has a Retina Display - which now seems implausibly unlikely - because eventually, probably next year if it's not this year, they're going to put out a Retina iPad, and I don't want to have to buy a replacement to get the quality of screen I enjoy on my phone.

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I'm not sure about this event, but if they do discuss iPad 2 we might find the iPad 1 may be dropped in price, wifi only, 16 GB with the iPad 2 32 and 64 GB. They do it with the iPhone.
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Seems like abit soon for an announcement of an Ipad 2 as Apple is in the midst of the Verison Iphone launch & also some other companies tablets aren't out yet.
However Apple is know to surprise so its possible.
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Not bloody likely.

And like everyone else has said. There is not way the iPad 2 is a "one more thing" at the end of another event. The iPad 2 IS THE EVENT, whenever it happens.
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Sounds like a good time for RIM to have another "meeting" about what the s**t they are going to do!


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Too early, I see an iOS 5 preview in late March with the launch of the new iPad.
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It makes no sense.

Apple staggers major events, which keeps the Apple name in the limelight. With the Verizon iPhone4 launch happening now, it would not make sense to release iPad2 now, which will be a major event. Also, where are the rumors of manufacturing in progress, and stolen photos of iPad2 chassis? It would really surprise me to see an iPad2 before April. Also, Apple will never give 2 month notice for anything other than a new product category, so we will not be hearing anything about iPad2 this month.

After 8 months of using the first gen iPad on a daily basis, I am having a hard time thinking of any new feature that would make me upgrade to iPad2. Retina, SD slot, DisplayPort, faster processor, more memory, bigger speakers, and a set of fore/aft cameras are all nice, but not essential. I really don't think any of that would have a big impact on my overall experience.
I'm already thinking: What will iPad3 bring to the table?
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Too early, I see an iOS 5 preview in late March with the launch of the new iPad.

The iPad. IS. the event.

"Thanks for joining us for this preview of iOS 5, now let's talk about the second iPad which won't be shipping with any of the cool features you've just seen."

Does that make any sense?

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Sounds like a good time for RIM to have another "meeting" about what the s**t they are going to do!

They are banking on yet another Blackberry Crotch 9910 x4 something or other.
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Given Apple's email marketing for iPad 1 as a Valentine's gift, this seems completely out of sync. Maybe the extra thing will be a refresh of MB Pro? I thought they were about ready for a refresh.

YES!!! This would be great, and what I have been waiting for, but highly unlikely
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YES!!! This would be great, and what I have been waiting for, but highly unlikely

Yeah, after Intel's little screwup, I bet the MBP is going to have to wait a bit longer.
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It makes no sense that the slot on the cases are for a sim card. Who needs access to that? Why not peel back the case if you need to get to it?
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That is, if you don't consider the "one more thing" from last Fall when the MB Air was unveiled.

Just say'in...
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Absolutely. iPad 2 as a "one more thing" is not likely. They really have not done that with a big product in a while.
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Seems like abit soon for an announcement of an Ipad 2 as Apple is in the midst of the Verison Iphone launch & also some other companies tablets aren't out yet.
However Apple is know to surprise so its possible.

Actually, Apple is best-known for giving their announced products some time in the spotlight. Since they are in the middle of the Verizon iPhone launch, I suspect that there will be no iPad2 announcement before March.

Also, Apple traditionally sends out media invitations at least 7 days in advance to allow the media time to schedule their people.
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