Thinner iPad with global connectivity in the works?

It is Apple tradition to refresh its key products once a year and the iPad is no different. It is highly expected that Apple will release a new iPad sometime this spring with a camera and now possibly a global GSM/CDMA chip inside too. 

Apple currently only sells the iPad with chips built in that work on the GSM network, while many parts of the world use this standard, there are also quite a few who use CDMA network too. Currently the iPad will not work natively on the CDMA network but that may soon change.

According to Allthingsd.com, “Recent checks…suggest Apple is going to be ratcheting down production of the existing 3G iPad over the next two months in anticipation of ramping up a new World iPad that is powered by Qualcomm and will run on both GSM and CDMA based networks around the world,” Blair writes. “Given our recent checks that suggest Apple is preparing to build approximately 48 million iPads in calendar 2011.”

The idea seems logical that Apple would build one device that would work on numerous networks rather than being locked to one carrier. Something that cant be overlooked is that if Apple is dumping its exclusive AT&T iPad data link, could they also be dumping their iPhone exclusiveness as well too? While many reports suggest that Apple is looking to produce a CDMA iPhone, this 'world iPad' report could also be the reason that Apple ordered so many CDMA chips and not because its building an iPhone. 

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Digitalx said,
leave it on the couch... someone sits on it ... goodbye $1300 ipad. lol

I dunno if you've had one, but I've had people sit on mine when I had it, they are strong as ****.

Meh, personally i wouldnt use the camera, and its thinnes is fine enough for me, so would pass on it if my current ipad is still working.

Hopefully the thin also brings with it reduced weight. As holding the ipad for any length of time gets tiring,,i was suprised it weighed more then expected when i got it

Weight is a bigger factor over form for me as well. When comparing reading on my iPad with my Dad's Kindle, the difference in screen technologies didn't bother me as much as the difference in weight. The Kindle is super light, while the iPad feels heavy.

As for people blah-blah-blah'ing about not being able to read the iPad in direct sunlight, they need to really ask themselves why they are reading in direct sunlight. I read my iPad in the car for a long road trip w/o any problems what-so-ever.

Shadrack said,
Weight is a bigger factor over form for me as well. When comparing reading on my iPad with my Dad's Kindle, the difference in screen technologies didn't bother me as much as the difference in weight. The Kindle is super light, while the iPad feels heavy.

As for people blah-blah-blah'ing about not being able to read the iPad in direct sunlight, they need to really ask themselves why they are reading in direct sunlight. I read my iPad in the car for a long road trip w/o any problems what-so-ever.

What's wrong with reading it outside in the sun?

Kyang said,

What's wrong with reading it outside in the sun?


Well for starters, direct sunlight isn't exactly good for an LCD screen.

Shadrack said,
As for people blah-blah-blah'ing about not being able to read the iPad in direct sunlight, they need to really ask themselves why they are reading in direct sunlight.

Why? Because sometimes it's nice to sit outside and read.

rfirth said,

Why? Because sometimes it's nice to sit outside and read.

The iPad works just fine outside...just not in direct sunlight. And thats fine for you if you like a healthy dose of skin cancer.

Shadrack said,

The iPad works just fine outside...just not in direct sunlight. And thats fine for you if you like a healthy dose of skin cancer.


With full brightness, it works fine in the direct sun light.

satanist said,

With full brightness, it works fine in the direct sun light.

the increased temperature isnt really the best thing for any electronic component.


when it comes to reading, and JUST reading, an e-book is better. even the battery lasts like centuries longer.

the current iPad has a lot of empty space inside. a thinner version is not inconceivable for the same price. The biggest issue for apple will likely be the mechanical strength given the reduction in the second moment of area with a thinner cross section.

smithy_dll said,
the current iPad has a lot of empty space inside. a thinner version is not inconceivable for the same price. The biggest issue for apple will likely be the mechanical strength given the reduction in the second moment of area with a thinner cross section.

and yet they still said that they NEEDED the sim card to be different.

I'm going to try very hard to resist an upgrade from the original iPad to this newer version. Must...wait...until...3rd...generation....and...stop...wasting...my...money.....

Shadrack said,
I'm going to try very hard to resist an upgrade from the original iPad to this newer version. Must...wait...until...3rd...generation....and...stop...wasting...my...money.....

hehe good luck with that, I´ve already gave up!

I might pick up a version 2 when it comes out (wifi though). I had the original and sold it recently.... I miss playing Yahtzee with my gf hahahah