There might be a new new iPad soon. Apple is reportedly retooling the new iPad to feature a different battery and LCD backlighting scheme, resulting in a device that’s less hot and with the thickness and weight similar to the iPad 2. This new model will hit sometime before the holiday season and, since we’re already aboard the rumor express, let’s assume it will launch alongside the iPad mini, also rumored for the same time.
The word comes from Digitimes relaying several Chinese news reports. Apple is apparently looking at several different ways to reduce the device’s internal temperature. Reportedly, this upcoming model will employ an improved battery and a single LED backlight rather than the two used in the new iPad. The report’s sources indicate that this shouldn’t impact the luminosity and clarity of the iPad’s Retina display.
In addition to the slight reworking of internal components, the so-called iPad 3.5 will use Sharp’s IGZO touchscreen rather than a Samsung-sourced panel like in the current model. This matches up with the reported component lists of the heavily rumored iPad mini.
If this rumor turns out to be correct, it would mark a stark departure from Apple’s usual release cycle, which through the first three generations had a yearly release cycle. It’s entirely possible that this full-size iPad update was not planned, but rather in response to the harsh criticism to the new iPad’s excessive heat and slightly thicker design. It’s a different story for the iPad mini, though, which if it really exists, was likely in the pipeline for more than a year. Either way, you might want to leave a spot open at the top of your Santa wish list ’cause all signs point to some sort of iPad launching prior to the holidays.Related Posts:
Lenovo is keeping the Ice Cream Sandwich social rocking with its upcoming IdeaTab S2109. Inside the sleek 8.9mm thick casing is a 9.7-inch 4:3 IPS LCD with a 1.3MP camera sunk into the bezel. Four speakers reside on the backside, which Lenovo claims will help with bass reproduction, therefore capable of producing a richer sound. There’s also a microUSB port, microHDMI, and a microSD card slot for connectivity options.
Lenovo has yet to reveal the rest of the tablet’s pertinent information: processor type or speed, release date, price point, and target markets. However, when the tablet does hit the market, it will further strengthen Lenovo’s already-strong tablet lineup and likely replace the original IdeaPad Tablet K1.
Out of the major Android tablet market, Lenovo has been the most consistent with its offering. Lenovo’s tablets have always been priced well and featured enough standout features to make them a bit special in the crowded Android market. The S2109 will hopefully follow the same path.
- Brilliant 9.7-inch diagonal LED backlit multitouch display
- Seamless multitasking with HP webOS 3.0 and essential productivity apps
- Exclusive Beats Audio for studio-quality sound
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor
Store more files on the go and get more done with the HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32GB, a tablet designed to work like you do. Connect, play, surf and share more easily. Organize your related activities into card stacks on the brilliant 9.7-inch diagonal LED backlit multitouch display. Enjoy websites with Adobe Flash content and hear music the way the artists intended it to be heard with Beats Audio. You can also use the front-facing camera and microphone for live video calling. HP webOS helps you multitask seamlessly. Sign in to your online accounts and this HP tablet pulls information together automatically. See your Face book friends birthdays in your contacts, compare work and personal calendars side by side, and view your work and personal e-mails together or separately. Just Type lets you create messages, search the web and more without launching an app first. Receive notifications of new messages, e-mails and events without interrupting what’s on your screen. Plus, charge this HP tablet wirelessly using the optional HP Touchstone Charging Dock. The HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32GB also works better together with other HP webOS devices: Touch to share websites with your HP Pre3 or Veer Smartphone.
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It’s pretty obvious that this year’s SID Display Week is shaping up to be a stage for the 300ppi extravaganza — Samsung and LG were first to announce their latest high pixel density LCDs, and then Toshiba chimed in with its 367ppi LCD for cellphones. Fortunately, fans of ePaper will also have something to look forward to here, as E Ink Holdings and Epson have just announced the co-development of a 300ppi ePaper display. To be exact, E Ink will be in charge of producing the sharp-looking 9.68-inch 2,400 x 1,650 display panel, whereas Epson will take care of the high-speed display controller platform to go with E Ink’s part. No availability has been announced just yet, but stay tuned for our eyes-on impression at the show.
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We had a hunch that PixelQi was going to bring its 7-inch displays to Vegas, and lo and behold we caught a glimpse of the unique transreflective displays today. (For those that have been living under a rock and aren’t familiar with PixelQi — the high contrast 3Qi screens allow for the backlight to be turned off; not only does it save energy, but it’s easy to read in natural light.) The smaller, 1024 x 600-resolution displays are, well, smaller than the previous 10.1-inch version. Most of them, however, were just hooked up to demonstration boards. There was one put into a Viliv X70, but again, this was just a PixelQi mod.
The bigger story at the PixelQi booth, however, came from its founder Mary Lou Jepsen, who not only promises that production is ramping quite well on both the 7- and 10.1-inch tablets, but that the company is working on a higher resolution 1280 x 800-resolution 10.1-inch display and a 9.7-inch display for a partner. We’re not going to read into that too much, but she maintains that they are continuing to work with major companies. She also explained what we have heard before — that much of the tight supply issues were attributed to the recession and that many companies changed their course after the iPad was introduced to make tablets. Obviously, the current 10.1-inch screen is starting to ship in the Notion Ink Adam, but we’re still waiting to finally see the game changing technology in a tablet or laptop from a major manufacturer. With that, we leave you with a bunch of pictures of tablets and netbooks with PixelQi displays that you really can’t buy right now but that will certainly make you drool.
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The iPad 2 is slowly being fleshed out and the latest rumor, while it should be filed alongside the claim Elvis made a cameo in Home Alone, is actually believable. This comes from an unnamed Chinese source by way of the Japanese site Macotakara who states the iPad 2 will get a large speaker on the backpanel like the mock-up shows above. But also the second generation iPad will sport the same size screen as the current, but the bezel will be 3mm smaller.
The backplate is also said to be flat, rather than convex like the current model, which should allow for much easier use when it’s flat on a table. Both parts to this rumor seem to match up nicely — perhaps too nicely — with the leaked gel case and back surface from a few weeks ago. There the skin is nearly the same size and there’s a nice spot for the speaker on the bottom.
Both parts to the rumor are certainly plausible and fit in nicely with the slow evolutionary crawl traditionally employed by Apple. Still, it’s probably not the best idea to bet the Christmas gift money on said rumors — like you could do that anyway. [via Wired]
We were secretly hoping that RIM’s acquisition of the blackpad.com domain name was nothing more than a joke (or a preventative measure, at worse), but it sure sounds as if that’ll be the name the folks in Waterloo go with come this winter. According to unnamed sources who have unloaded new information to Bloomberg, RIM’s first tablet will actually be “introduced in November,” though there’s no clear indication as to when it’ll ship. Said sources have also stated that the device will sport a 9.7-inch display, inbuilt WiFi and Bluetooth, and a downright comical Blackpad label. We get the BlackBerry link and all, but really? Here’s hoping for a last minute change of heart.
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