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Apple may be planning a smaller than usual event to introduce its second-generation iPad as early as next month, according to a scant report, as rumors that the new device will include NFC technology persist.

In a two-line report published early Saturday by macotakara.jp -- a blog that sometimes generates accurate leads regarding Apple's future product plans -- it's claimed that the Cupertino-based company "seems to open a small event to introduce next generation of iPad."

Such an event appears to be on track for March, the report added. Still, it cautioned that the device may only see an announcement during that time frame in the United States, with shipments and international availability possibly following at a later date.

Meanwhile, a related report filed Friday by iLounge appears to reinforce earlier rumors that the new iPad -- and likely the fifth-generation iPhone -- will include near-field communication technology, giving users the ability to have their device serve as an electronic wallet for quick wireless transactions.

More specifically, the report claims that Apple is actively developing new accessories that will communicate with the NFC radio chips inside the future iOS devices. For example, "an accessory could announce its presence and potential functions to an iPad or iPhone without the need for a Bluetooth or similar connection," the report adds. The source of the tip further suggests "that an otherwise simple case could include a radio chip so that an inserted iPhone or iPad could go into power-saving hibernation mode automatically."

Accompanying that same report were a scattering of other rumors surrounding the iPad that the author was far less confident of, including the possibility that Apple will switch to carbon fiber enclosures to cut back on the weight of the device, and possibly introduce a smaller 7-inch model sometime in the future.

A photo showing what could be Apple's second-gen iPad display bezel.

Of all the rumors, the inclusion of NFC capabilities in the second-gen iPad appears most likely, especially given AppleInsider's discovery last month that Apple was seeking hardware engineers familiar with radio-frequency identification (RFID) and an external report that claimed the electronics maker is actively testing NFC-enabled iPhone prototypes using hardware from NXP Semiconductor.

For more on Apple's second-gen iPad, please see AppleInsider's iPad information archive.
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A thought about form factor and NFC. An iPhone or iPod Touch is a more convenient size to be carrying around when shopping. Not to rule out iPad 2, but let's be practical here.

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post #4 of 99
I guess this means that cash and credit cards will be dead once you get to replace them with your pound and a half 10 inch big ipad to make payments!! It couldn't be more convenient!
post #5 of 99
Bring on any new devices from Apple! Oh yeah, and the new iOS version.
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Define small.

Yes it is possible that Apple will hold an on campus local media event that is live streamed on their site. But that doesn't make the event anything to ignore, or give hint to some notion (as other sites are suggesting) that the upgrades will be puny. It is a way to save money and control leaks about the event date. Plus spring is a big time for large meetings and such and Apple might not want to deal with the hassle of booking an outside venue with tight schedules etc. It certainly wouldn't look good if it was leaked that Apple 'bullied' their way into access to wherever, pushing off another group, when they have another option in their own yard.

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A thought about form factor and NFC. An iPhone or iPod Touch is a more convenient size to be carrying around when shopping. Not to rule out iPad 2, but let's be practical here.

Apple is great at pushing technology in directions not necessarily where you think it should go. I wouldn't be surprised if they used near field comm as a way of connecting devices, perhaps for purposes other than shopping.

It's one of the things that really sets Apple apart from lots of companies - the ability to think outside of the box and have the wherewithal to market the tech to force broad implementation.
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post #9 of 99
Small event for a small revision. The resolution needs to be increased to get our interest, especially my Kindle loving wife. Text is hard to read next to the iPhone 4.
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All of this sounds reasonable, though I do wonder what accessories Apple could make that they wouldnt leave to 3rd-parties with an included NFC API and framework.

PS: Does the Samsung Nexus S, which was released with NFC, actually have any decent software to make it useful or is just something pointless which allows Android users to brag?
post #11 of 99
Apple holds an event every March/April for a developer preview of iOS. Last year (iOS 4) it was held in April but the 2 previous years it was in March. Maybe the iPad will be "One More Thing..."
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All of this sounds reasonable, though I do wonder what accessories Apple could make that they wouldnt leave to 3rd-parties with an included NFC API and framework.

PS: Does the Samsung Nexus S, which was released with NFC, actually have any decent software to make it useful or is just something pointless to which Android users can brag?

Pointless to which Android users can brag.
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A thought about form factor and NFC. An iPhone or iPod Touch is a more convenient size to be carrying around when shopping. Not to rule out iPad 2, but let's be practical here.

The iPhone is the checkbook, the iPad is the cash register. We need BOTH sides of the equation to have NFC.

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post #14 of 99
The iPad is Apple's new money making baby and holding a "small event" for it just doesn't make sense.
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Small event for a small revision. The resolution needs to be increased to get our interest, especially my Kindle loving wife. Text is hard to read next to the iPhone 4.

your request will be fulfilled with a non-glaring screen in iPad2!
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The iPhone is the checkbook, the iPad is the cash register. We need BOTH sides of the equation to have NFC.

This could be a classic Apple move with them providing an entire payments ecosystem in one stroke. The iPad could be the core of a great point of sale system. I just wonder if Apple has a plan for cutting down on transaction fees as well. I've no love for banks and would switch to some kind of virtual Apple card in a flash. Yes I know iTunes is connected to my credit card now, but I see that as an unnecessary step.

It's time for a new consumer payment paradigm and it's been a year since Apple last revolutionized a business model (tablet computing).
post #17 of 99
This rumor season has sucked big time.

I'm ready for some actual Apple news.
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A thought about form factor and NFC. An iPhone or iPod Touch is a more convenient size to be carrying around when shopping. Not to rule out iPad 2, but let's be practical here.

The iPhone is the wallet/cc replacement... The iPad is the Cash Register/POST (Point Of Sale Terminal) replacement.
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post #19 of 99
If you're going to publish rumors from another site, translate it correctly....

It says that the event is likely to be held by the end of this month (February) and that it will go on sale in March.
It also gives a reason why explaining the Chinese New Year has delayed production...

But we all knew that as Apple fans didn't we
post #20 of 99
I heard via a friend of a friend who worked at Apple years ago that they had been experimenting with carbon fiber laptop bodies to replace the titanium they were using at the time, but I think he said there was an issue with it interfering with the radio signal (wifi, at the time). Can anybody with expertise in this area confirm or deny this is likely to be true? If not, it seems odd that nobody has already been using it (to my knowledge), since it is so strong and light and resistant to scratches and fingerprints.
post #21 of 99
Of course it'll be a small event. I can already tell you what the iPad 2 will bring. Go ahead and bookmark this, as I guarantee most of these are right-on:

-It'll be a little lighter and thinner.
-Exact same resolution screen.
-Dual core processor.
-512MB of RAM instead of 256MB.
-Minor iOS update.
-Front facing camera (possibly rear one too).

Like most Apple product updates, the iPad 2's biggest improvement, the camera, will just be something its predecessor should've had in the first place.
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Like most Apple product updates, the iPad 2's biggest improvement, the camera, will just be something its predecessor should've had in the first place.

That explains why the iPad was such a pathetic failure.
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Of course it'll be a small event. I can already tell you what the iPad 2 will bring. Go ahead and bookmark this, as I guarantee most of these are right-on:

-It'll be a little lighter and thinner.
-Exact same resolution screen.
-Dual core processor.
-512MB of RAM instead of 256MB.
-Minor iOS update.
-Front facing camera (possibly rear one too).

Like most Apple product updates, the iPad 2's biggest improvement, the camera, will just be something its predecessor should've had in the first place.

Brilliant. Oh wait, only most? Well which ones will be wrong?
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

That explains why the iPad was such a pathetic failure.

Hey there, no need to get all defensive on me. I said nothing negative about the iPad, or its success.

But we all know that the iPad 2 will have a front-facing camera for video chat, and we all know that Apple is going to advertise that fact and make a big deal about it, even though they defended its absence in the first iPad.
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The iPhone is the checkbook (sic), the iPad is the cash register. ...

People still use cheques?
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Define small.

Yes it is possible that Apple will hold an on campus local media event that is live streamed on their site. But that doesn't make the event anything to ignore, or give hint to some notion (as other sites are suggesting) that the upgrades will be puny. It is a way to save money and control leaks about the event date. Plus spring is a big time for large meetings and such and Apple might not want to deal with the hassle of booking an outside venue with tight schedules etc. It certainly wouldn't look good if it was leaked that Apple 'bullied' their way into access to wherever, pushing off another group, when they have another option in their own yard.

"Small" probably refers to the size of the venue.

They're probably tired of renting out the Moscone Center only to have to share the 802.11 spectrum with the inevitable 750 roaming wifi hotspots that people carry with them. Besides, the majority of people who see these events are seeing it over the Internet.

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Of course it'll be a small event. I can already tell you what the iPad 2 will bring. Go ahead and bookmark this, as I guarantee most of these are on.

How are you going to "guarantee" this?
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People still use cheques?

Serious question: In Canada, when you are ready to pay and leave the store, do you go to the chequestand and cheque out?

Not needling, I'd really like to know how you handle that.
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The iPad is Apple's new money making baby and holding a "small event" for it just doesn't make sense.

+1 Even if iPad2 is just a minor upgrade from the original iPad, Apple wouldn't slip in a change to a very hot major product category in a low key fashion.

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I guess this means that cash and credit cards will be dead once you get to replace them with your pound and a half 10 inch big ipad to make payments!! It couldn't be more convenient!

Right, because that's the only thing NFC can be used for.
post #31 of 99
No, no, no! They're Holding It Wrong! Should be: Special event in February, iPad 2 launch in March!
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People still use cheques?

Quick question. What kind of account do you have at your bank? I have checking account and a savings account. When I use my VISA debit card the funds come out of my checking account. How does that work in Canada?

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post #33 of 99
If Apple release iPad 2 initially for the US only, won't that tank sales of iPad 1 in the rest of the world?
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Quick question. What kind of account do you have at your bank? I have checking account and a savings account. When I use my VISA debit card the funds come out of my checking account. How does that work in Canada?

Same way, only it's spell cheque rather than check. A check is what we do in a hockey game - a body check. We also have coloured money so when we drink Canadian beer we can tell the difference between a 5 and a 10 dollar bill.

And we spell rumour with a 'u'. Rumour, humour, colour. But igloo has no 'u', nor does Tim Horton's.
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Same way, only it's spell cheque rather than check. A check is what we do in a hockey game - a body check. We also have coloured money so when we drink Canadian beer we can tell the difference between a 5 and a 10 dollar bill.

And we spell rumour with a 'u'. Rumour, humour, colour. But igloo has no 'u', nor does Tim Horton's.

Canada makes beer?

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post #36 of 99
I'm nor sure what a "small event" means. Could mean that they will hold it on the Apple campus.

Personally, I am hoping this is not a small event because I am hoping there will be significant improvements in the iPad 2. But beyond that, if Steve can make this event it would be good to have a large audience and if he cannot, then we need to see others step into breach for large-scale announcements.
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Given the age of the beta model and the intelligence of responding to the wave of honey-dripping droids on the way, I'm hoping for at least one whiz-bang thingie on the 2.

Nascent NFC with few apps or peripherals doesn't qualify to me, nor does adding the cams that all the clones will already have, tho' at least one is a checklist item, nor is cutting 2 or 3 ounces or adding 30 minutes of battery gonna blow the public away. But that upgraded screen most seem to think we're not gonna get yet would. Guess it depends on the economics.

But failng a major revamp of the HW, the bigger release of the year may well be the next version of iOS.

I don't believe Apple's publicly committed to a full up 5.x version in 2011 yet - or have they? But the size of the thing, its lack of too many legacy issues, relative immaturity, the burgeoning competition, etc., would seem to dictate that a real upgrade rather than a decimal point or three - in tandem with the Lion release - is both feasible and wise.

Some response to the "more than a wall of icons home screen" campaign by MOTO seems possible, and cutting the sync link to a PC seems inevitable in the next year or two - it's not only "so legacy," but I've already got a number of friends with no "computer" other than an iPhone - a trend that will only ramp up.

PS: FWIW, I've tons of friends with iPhones/Touches, a few with droids, many with Macbooks, but none to date with an iPad - and in fact, I was thinking about it, and I have yet to see an actual pad (Apple's or anyone's) in the wild. Not one. And I do roam various corners of both metro and suburban scenes including lots of coffee shops.

Have the demographics of the buyers really been broken down yet? If they're selling like hotcakes (and they clearly are), how come I haven't seen anyone eating breakfast??

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Of course it'll be a small event. I can already tell you what the iPad 2 will bring. Go ahead and bookmark this, as I guarantee most of these are right-on:

-It'll be a little lighter and thinner.
-Exact same resolution screen.
-Dual core processor.
-512MB of RAM instead of 256MB.
-Minor iOS update.
-Front facing camera (possibly rear one too).

Like most Apple product updates, the iPad 2's biggest improvement, the camera, will just be something its predecessor should've had in the first place.

Pretty safe bet when you list a bunch of things and the disqualify almost half of them by using the word most! LMAO!
post #39 of 99
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Same way, only it's spell cheque rather than check. A check is what we do in a hockey game - a body check. We also have coloured money so when we drink Canadian beer we can tell the difference between a 5 and a 10 dollar bill.

And we spell rumour with a 'u'. Rumour, humour, colour. But igloo has no 'u', nor does Tim Horton's.

LOL!!!
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Serious question: In Canada, when you are ready to pay and leave the store, do you go to the chequestand and cheque out?

Not needling, I'd really like to know how you handle that.

From wikipedia:
The spellings check, checque, and cheque were used interchangeably from the 17th century until the 20th century.[2] However, since the 19th century, the spelling cheque (from the French word chèque) has become standard for the financial instrument in the Commonwealth and Ireland, while check is used only for the verb "to verify", thus distinguishing the two definitions in writing.[nb 3]
In American English, the usual spelling for both is check.[4]

Cheque is a French word, so our spelling makes more sense. Mr. Noah Webster wanted to get rid of many spellings that didn't sound like they were spelled (words like slough, and words with u's in them, and et. al.) so thats why its different in America where Webster's dicitonary remained standard. In Britain and its colonies Jonson's dictionary remained the standard until the Oxford English Dictionary, which retained most spellings.

Also NB: when people say "check please" it comes from the idea that the cashier was checking your bill, so it has nothing to do with cheques or paying with them.
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