From a post over at BGR earlier today:
We have received a couple tips that AT&T corporate stores will start selling all Apple iPad accessories for 50% off beginning February 13th. Our tipsters note that AT&T usually doesn’t clearance items unless a replacement is imminent.
We know the iPad 2’s release is not far away, but it’s always good to see the evidence of it mounting.
An analyst’s note this week says we’ll see a dual-core processor in next year’s iPad 2 model.
"Apple is on track to refresh the iPad by March and iPhone by late summer. A key component upgrade across these platforms will be a dual-core processor featuring a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores," according to a research note released on Thursday by Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw.
This is one iPad 2 rumor I really (really!) hope is true. A dual-core processor is a major upgrade and should allow for much greater multitasking possibilities and for running more and more powerful apps and games on the iPad. I think dual-core plus an upgrade to 1GB of RAM are virtually a must to keep the iPad on a par with / ahead of rival tablets next year.
Rumor Source: CNET via everythingiCafe
Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will begin shipping Apple’s next-generation iPad within the next 100 days, allowing Apple to stock up for an April launch, a new report claims.
That’s a little slice from a report today at Apple Insider. The key thing to note here is that shipments of iPad 2 are going to go to Apple by around the end of February if these reports are correct. That is not saying that the new iPad model would go on sale at that time – just that production would be in motion by then and Apple would be gathering stock, presumably to avoid the supply shortages we saw with the original iPad this year.
This makes a whole lot more sense to me than earlier reports that we would see the iPad 2 hit the market by February.
Here’s a bit more from the Apple Insider report:
After checks with Taiwan-based component makers, industry publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday that Foxconn is set to ship the iPad 2 by the end of February 2011, with initial shipments of 400,000-600,000 units. Tuesday’s report echoes an earlier report from the publication that claimed suppliers would ramp up shipments of iPad 2 components in the first quarter of 2011.
For more details, see the full Apple Insider article HERE.
Is it too early to start talking about the next iPad model? I’m hoping not, especially as I’ve already seen a few posts on this topic round the web. And we’re really not that far away now from when we would expect to see an announcement of the new model by Apple – i.e in January.
I know lots of people will be hoping for huge, dramatic changes to the magical tablet, but I’m more than happy with what the iPad is right now, and will be quite content if we see only incremental changes and enhancements in the iPad Dos – and I’d be fine if they want to go with that as the name as well.
Here are my very quick, early days thoughts on what I would and would not like to see in the next iPad model:
— I would prefer no major size changes for this second generation – so cases, stands etc still work with new one.