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#1 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 13:46

Apple has as a little event on the books next Wednesday. Maybe you heard about it. The iPad 3, with its high-res screen, is said to launch on that day. But there could be more surprises. Several “one more things,” if you will. Get out your salt shakers.
Digitimes is stating this morning through two separate reports that Apple plans on announcing an 8GB iPad 2 along with the iPad 3. Citing unnamed upstream supply chain source, one report states the 8GB model would allow the iPad to hit different segments “and to defend against Windows 8-based tablet PCs” — something Apple shouldn’t have to worry about until the fall.

But this move, if it’s true, is classic Apple. It makes perfect sense and is a move that runs parallel with a popular theory at TC HQ in which Apple is not replacing the iPad 2 next Wednesday, but rather adding a high-res model to the still-successful iPad 2 product line.

You see, Apple likes to make money, and the iPad 2 is still selling like gangbusters even though it’s almost a year old. Plus, if rumors are to be believed, the iPad 3 will look a lot like the iPad 2 — well, externally at least. The iPad 3, if that’s its name, is more like a supercharged iPad 2; it’s an iPhone 4S.

Even though the two models will likely use different internal components, the similar physical design should allow for a similar manufacturing process. This is the expensive part of making a gadget. Apple’s manufacturing partners might be able to produce both tablets without a major retooling allowing Apple to pad its manufacturing revenue margins even more. It’s then up to Apple’s star marketing team to sell the public on two, seemingly competing iPad models.

Another plausible theory involves the education market. By reducing the size of the flash memory, in theory, the overall cost of the iPad should drop, allowing Apple to sell it at a lower price. Digitimes says $300-$350. But in 2012 flash memory isn’t a major cost. And, given the interactive iBooks’ physical size, an 8GB iPad would only hold one or two digital textbooks.

Digitimes is also reporting that Apple is set to begin production on a 7.85-inch iPad around the third quarter. This model is reportedly to be sold for $200-$250.
As with most early Apple reports, these claims are simply unverified rumors. Digitimes has the tendency of publishing a wide number of reports on Apple, seemingly hoping a few will come true. But these two seem likely. Apple will not kill a product that is still making money, and it’s only a matter of time until Apple caves to popular demand and releases a smaller iPad. But, you know, take these with a pinch of salt — and then throw that salt over your shoulder and hope they come true.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 13:50

All I want is a live video stream.

The other things, the surprises, keep them surprises for me. (aka didn't read the article :p)

I know quite well the rumors and confirmations, but if there are new things, I don't want to know them shortly before the event. ^^

(Damn... March 7 never felt so long away...)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 13:59

The 8GB iPad2 makes a lot of sense and will most likely kill all the competition if priced properly

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:02

Any apple news is great. Its very fun to see the ever-so-cool apple bashers come out in droves. What i wonder is what will be cool to hate next? applehaters begin commenting in 3....2....1

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:02

The 8GB iPad2 makes a lot of sense and will most likely kill all the competition if priced properly

We should get rid of these 8GB base (phase out) models...

Bump to 16GB already I say!

Also, I demand 128GB for iPad3 & iPhone 5.



Any apple news is great. Its very fun to see the ever-so-cool apple bashers come out in droves. What i wonder is what will be cool to hate next? applehaters begin commenting in 3....2....1

Metro and Google are new targets, however, I guess the "love" Apple gets won't go away anytime soon...

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:04

So what kind of tablet would you find the most exciting ?
1) a tablet with an s-amoled screen. (I'm looking for the galaxy tab 7.7 or better)
2) a tablet running windows 8 (finally you can access pc apps, just with the touch)
3) the ipad 3, which introduce high resolution

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:06

So what kind of tablet would you find the most exciting ?
1) a tablet with an s-amoled screen. (I'm looking for the galaxy tab 7.7 or better)
2) a tablet running windows 8 (finally you can access pc apps, just with the touch)
3) the ipad 3, which introduce high resolution


I'll choose from the later two.

Most definitely the preferred one will be Windows 8 one (Y)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:08

So what kind of tabled would you find the most exciting ? 1) a tablet with an s-amoled screen. (I'm looking for the galaxy tab 7.7 or better) 2) a tablet running windows 8 (finally you can access pc apps, just with the touch) 3) the ipad 3, which introduce high resolution

1 -> iOS has a GUI that would profit from SAMOLED much less than Android of Windows Phone. I'll take the IPS display here, adore it, but all power to anyone who makes a different decision here! (Y)
2 -> PC apps that have been specifically coded for Metro. I'll take my iOS apps that sync with Mac counterparts there, not much of a difference in the end of the day.
3 -> This is what I would take, if I was currently in the market for a tablet. My iPhone works well enough for me. I also have a netbook and I think about getting a MBA or MB Pro sometime, so this would make the iPad decision hard to justify... There needs to be more that I would benefit from. :)

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:09

3) the ipad 3, which introduce high resolution

Asus actually introduced it first :p

Transformer Infinity w/ 1920x1200 resolution

im curious to see what Apple has in store for the ipad 3. no doubt it will have a high res screen, but im not too hopeful that it'll have much more horsepower, 4G, memory, etc

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:12

I think an 8 gig iPad can hold more then 1 or 2 digi text books...

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:15

I think an 8 gig iPad can hold more then 1 or 2 digi text books...

yeah that's what i thought - their books are 4GB each?

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:19

Any apple news is great. Its very fun to see the ever-so-cool apple bashers come out in droves. What i wonder is what will be cool to hate next? applehaters begin commenting in 3....2....1


Defensive much?

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:21

Defensive much?


Nope.
He is just pointing out to the direction every blog and forum is headed to

Too much hate for no good reason

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:28

8GB is chicken sh*t these days. Most 3D games these days are in the 600MB + range, and after having the basic iOS software on the machine, you are really only left with 7GB or so. If they had a MicroSD card, that would be fine, but it's Apple... so of course not.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 14:34

8GB is chicken sh*t these days. Most 3D games these days are in the 600MB + range, and after having the basic iOS software on the machine, you are really only left with 7GB or so. If they had a MicroSD card, that would be fine, but it's Apple... so of course not.

These people can just swap out their games and just keep the ones that they're playing. You can't have everything in life :D