According to the DigiTimes site, two new versions of the next generation iPad are scheduled to make an appearance in January. While Apple has as usual, no comment about the rumors, this is not unusual for their stance. The funny part of this is that Samsung, Apple’s bitterest and most outspoken opponent in court, is the supposed supplier for much of the technology in the machine. Apple will supposedly release the new machines at iWorld on 26 January 2012.
While we here at A.P.P.L.E. have been looking for new models but have been speculating more on the memory of the machines. Supposedly the new models will have 14,000 mAh batteries which should make the iPad among the best in battery life.
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Rumors of a mid sized Apple iPad are once again flairing up on the internet. The latest in a posting from DigiTimes Systems mentions the possibility of Apple launching a 7.85 inch iPad late 2012. The site goes on to compare the Apple iPad and the Kindle Fire, obviously in an effort to give the iPad some competition.
While the mini iPad would make some people happy with the fact that the iPad would then be able to fit into smaller hand bags, the idea of a smaller iPad is somewhat absurd. The small size of the screen size mentioned by DigiTimes would make it an odd size and while the iPad is able to run iPhone apps in the 2x mode, a mid sized screen would add one more layer of checks to already problematic apps.
The likely cost gains by making a smaller sized iPad just cannot be seens as that great and a machine that is already priced well below that which other manufacturers have tried to produce similar machine at, obviously makes such a machine not likely to be produced. Also, despite some supply chain companies products being purchased by Apple, Inc., many in the industry describe much of the purchasing as hedging against Apple’s competitors purchasing the items necessary to produce their own products.
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