For as popular as Apple products are, the Cupertino outfit can't seem to launch a product without some sort of scandal attached. With the iPhone 4, it was antennagate and the notion that poor signals were the result of owners holding their devices wrong, and with the new iPad (iPad 3, if you will), critics have been hot under the collar over the bigger battery's heat output.
One of the biggest improvements Apple made to the new iPad -- aside from the awe-inspiring display -- was the inclusion of a LTE radio. But while those blistering fast 4G have been a boon to Stateside tablet users, overseas iPad buyers are distinctly less excited -- prompting several foreign governments to consider false advertising investigations against Apple.
In case you haven't heard, there's this new product on the market called an "iPad." It's some sort of tablet with a screen, we guess?
No, no, we kid. Of course the new iPad is out, and a big deal, and it's got a glorious screen and tons of apps and all that good stuff. What's more, our sister site Mac|Life is giving away a new iPad, for free, and all you have to do is visit them on social media and comment on their article. Even if you're not the worlds biggest Apple fan, can you turn down the chance to win a sweet new gadget for nothing more than 30 seconds of your time?
All the rumors and speculation over Apple's iPad 3 tablet will either be put to rest or come to fruition tomorrow when the Cupertino outfit unveils the much anticipated slate at a press event in San Francisco. The most likely additions will be that of a 'Retina Display' that packs twice as many pixels as the iPad 2, and a 4G LTE radio. Everything else is a crapshoot, minus the usual rabid demand that accompanies most Apple product launches. This one is no different.
The late Steve Jobs was adamantly opposed to the idea of a 7-inch slate and called them "tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the iPad." Due to his untimely death, Jobs never had a chance to see Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire device rapidly rise in ranks to become the world's second best selling tablet behind the iPad, but if he was alive today, would he change his stance?
Apple's first iPad tablet launched in the U.S. on April 3, 2010., while the iPad 2 came out less than a year later on March 11, 2011. It's a small sample size, to be sure, but following the 11-month release cycle, we wouldn't be surprised to see the iPad 3 come out in February, though the latest chatter has Apple's third generation tablet PC making its debut in March.
If you're the type of person who has to have every Apple product that comes out and fancy yourself a gambling type, now might be a good time to put your iPad 2 up for sale on eBay or Craigslist. It will never be worth more than it is right now, it's still early enough to cash in on the holiday shoppers, and if you trust Citi analyst Richard Gardner, the iPad 3 will launch in February.
There have been reports that Apple's next generation iPad tablet is about to enter mass production in preparation of a March 2012 launch, and that might be true. However, it might not be the iPad 3 you're looking for (assuming you're looking for an iPad 3 in the first place). It could end up being just a place holder until the real third act kicks off later in the coming year.
Apple recently launched the iPhone 4S. The device features a dual-core A5 chip which,although designed in-house, is manufactured by Samsung. The A5 is but the latest chapter in a longstanding partnership worth billions. Given the increasing rivalry between the two companies, this partnership is beginning to look less and less sustainable by the day, with a raft of recent reports even claiming that the A5 inside the 4S marks the the end of the buyer-supplier relationship. The Korea Times, though, does not think so.
Apple fans are willingly suffering through long lines today to snag an iPhone 4S, Cupertino's latest and greatest non-iPhone 5 smartphone. Be that as it may, there's already talk of what's next for Apple, though the current chatter is in regards to the next iPad tablet, not the next iPhone. Rumor has it the iPad 3 is going into production as you read this.