Mike Becky

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DigiTimes: 12.9-Inch ‘iPad Pro’ Set for Release in Mid-November ➝

DigiTimes has a mixed track record, but November sounds about right to me for an iPad launch.

iPad 3 in March, No iPad in October ➝

John Gruber regarding DigiTimes’ claim of an iPad 3 with a full HD display to be announced in March:

Wait a minute. What’s going on here? A DigiTimes report about Apple and the iPad that’s completely accurate? No completely made-up nonsense? Is something wrong with me?

DigiTimes seems to have a formula to all of their rumors, lead with information that is most likely true and then follow it up with something that will never happen.

Gruber goes on to quote the rest of the sentence from DigiTimes’ article that claims an iPad 4 will be released in October, which he believes to be inaccurate.

About that $299 iPad ➝

James Wang:

Apple’s pricing strategy for its iPad series is crucial to the tablet market. It remains to be seen at what price level Apple will set its entry-level iPad. For Wi-Fi only models, US$299, US$349 or US$399 may all be possible.

There’s no indication that DigiTimes has any information specifically pointing to a $299 price point. It reads as pure speculation to me. And, I don’t think it’s very well thought out.

I don’t see any reason for Apple to lower the starting price point of the iPad by that much. Apple generally doesn’t make big leaps in pricing like this, especially when it’s not at all necessary. If Apple does announce two new iPad models they would likely be aimed at the high and mid-end of the market, as DigiTimes suggests. But, I wouldn’t expect them to drop the price of the iPad 2 below $399. This would allow Apple to own the entire tablet market from $399 and up.

Refurbished models, though, are a different story. It’s entirely possible that Apple will sell refurbished iPad 2s for $299 but not with any consistent availability. But, I don’t think refurbished models was what James Wang was writing about.

(Via The iPhone Blog.)

DigiTimes: Three Versions of iPad 2 for 2011 ➝

Joseph Tsai reporting for DigiTimes:

Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple decided to release an iPad that was compatible with Verizon’s cellular network. But, I would be surprised if Apple started shipping them in January. An announcement in January is one thing, but shipping in January is a different matter entirely.

Rumored iPad 2 Hardware Features

DigiTimes is reporting that the Economic Daily News has cited “industry sources” who claim that the unannounced iPad 2 will feature the following five new features:

  • FaceTime
  • Smaller size panels featuring thinner glass
  • 3-axis gyroscope
  • A USB port
  • Retina Display

Let’s tackle these one at a time.

FaceTime is practically a guarantee at this point. Apple has added it to the iPod touch and Mac OS X, so the next logical step is to add it to the iPad. But then comes the question of whether the iPad will have one or two cameras. I think the folks at Apple are smart enough to realize that a camera on the rear of the iPad is just silly. I just can’t imagine anyone holding their iPad up in the air to take a picture or record a video. If you want to do that, an iPhone or iPod touch is the best device for the job.

In regards to the smaller size panels featuring thinner glass, I just don’t buy it. This smaller panel would likely be 7-inches and Steve Jobs has already killed that rumor.

Steve Jobs during Apple’s conference call last month (as transcribed by Macworld):

If you take an iPad and hold it upright in portrait view, and draw an imaginary horizontal line halfway down the screen, the screens on these seven-inch tablets are a bit smaller than the bottom half of the iPad’s display. This size isn’t sufficient to create great tablet apps, in our opinion.

Everyone likes to that Steve says one thing and then releases a product anyway (like the video iPod) but I don’t think that’s the case this time. I’ve spent a little bit of time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and feels claustrophobic to me. 7-inches is too small. The iPad’s screen size strikes a perfect balance between size and portability. 7-inches on the other hand would force me to use my MacBook in situations that I would normal be comfortable using the iPad, effectively limiting the usefulness of the tablet to too few situations.

The 3-axis gyroscope is practically a lock. It’s in the iPod touch and the iPhone and it’s coming to the iPad as well. It’ll improve game controls and unify the feature across all iOS devices.

I highly doubt the iPad will be gaining a USB port. One could argue that a USB port would make the iPad more computer-like but Apple doesn’t want the iPad to feel like a computer, they want it to feel like something different. And the biggest problem with adding a USB port is that users would have an expectation that it would work with external hard drives, printers, and all sorts of other peripherals that iOS may never support.

And finally, the Retina display. A Retina display on the iPad would be absolutely stunning but the problem is that the only logical resolution is 2048×1536. And a 9.7-inch panel at that resolution wouldn’t have high enough manufacturing yields and would be too expensive to sell at Apple’s current price points. They could release the iPad 2 with a higher resolution than the current 1024×768 resolution but lower than the logical 2048×1536 but that would make very difficult for developers to build assets at both resolutions, simply because the math wouldn’t work out well.

Apple has just released iOS 4.2, the iPad’s first major update and with it came huge software changes. Because of this, I have a feeling that most of the iPad 2’s new features will be hardware-based. Whether it will gain any of the features mentioned above remains to be seen but I think the 3-axis gyroscope and FaceTime are the only safe bets at this point.

webOS Headed to a Tablet by October ➝

CNET has already reported that HP plans to use webOS on slate PCs and printers.

But, DigiTimes has spoken with Monty Wong, vice president of personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan, who said that webOS will be used in tablet computers. Even mentioning that the HP Slate will hit the market before the end of October. DigiTimes doesn’t explicitly say that the Slate will run webOS but that is certainly the implication.

Running webOS on printers and tablets makes a lot of sense. webOS is a low-powered OS that would run just fine on a printer. The multitouch interface would make it much easier for users to manipulate photos that could, for example, be printed off of an SD card. And the iPad has shown the power of tablet computers running an operating systems that has been built from the ground with touchscreens in mind.

At first glance I was worried that the HP acquisition of Palm would be detrimental to webOS. But, HP seems to be taking webOS in the right direction.

5 Megapixel Camera Coming to the iPhone ➝

Hans Wu, reporting for DigiTimes:

The sources said OmniVision has secured 5-megapixel CIS orders for the next-generation iPhone model, which will hit shelves sometime during the second half of 2010.

It’s hard to tell how credible DigiTimes’ sources are, they’ve been hit and miss in the past, but a 5 megapixel camera sounds very intriguing.

DigiTimes’ Tablet Rumor ➝

DigiTimes claims that Apple has postponed the launch of their tablet device. The rumored deadline of early 2010 has supposedly been pushed back to the second half of 2010. The reason given for the release getting pushed back is due to significant changes to the display components. But, this is what makes me question the rumor:

The sources also indicated that in addition to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology are expected to be manufacturing partners for Apple’s two tablet PC models – one of which will have a 10.6-inch TFT LCD panel while the other will have a 9.7-inch OLED panel. However, the sources did not explain how production for the two models would be split between the three makers.

I’ve always taken DigiTimes’ rumors with a grain of salt but when they claim that Apple is going to have two different sized tablets whose display sizes are only one inch apart, I have to throw the whole report out the window.

It’s not crazy to think that Apple has ordered both display sizes but to assume that both of them will make it to market is just dumb.

Update 12/8/09: ‘TabletMac’ Trademark and Apple Tablet Pricing

Update 12/28/09: Apple Tablet May be Announced in January

Update 1/6/10: Apple May Ship Tablet in March