Second-gen iPad coming next quarter, says report

A lot of folks, including yours truly, are eagerly awaiting the wave of iPad killers due to arrive early next year. Interestingly, though, it looks like Apple may number among those wishing to outdo the original. DigiTimes has word that the Mac maker is already prepping its second-generation slate for a release next quarter.

Citing anonymous industry sources as always, DigiTimes adds that Apple has already selected its suppliers for the "iPad 2." Ibiden, Tripod Technology, and TTM Technologies will reportedly manufacture the first wave of second-gen iPad circuit boards, with the latter two set to produce "small quantities" of boards next month. Apple should add an extra four suppliers in February.

I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised, considering the first iPad debuted in April of this year, and Apple likes to refresh its iPods and iPhones yearly. The real question now is what will differentiate the second-gen unit from its predecessor. With iOS 4.2 just around the corner, a major new iOS release seems unlikely. However, Apple could beef up the device’s RAM and implement a higher-density display. The current iPad looks a little old-fashioned next to the iPhone 4, which has twice the RAM and much more pixels per square inch.

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    • dashbarron
    • 9 years ago

    I would be interested in this device depending on what they change/improve.

    I’d like to buy an iPod because I need a device to stream music to my car and Apples devices work natively. The large cost of the item is a deterrent, and while I like what the iPod can do for me, the fact that APple has purposely crippled the camera has put a sour taste in my mouth.

    I will have to see if their yearly refresh in September does the iPod any good on the camera front.

    • ekul
    • 9 years ago

    I agree, no new CPU, just more RAM and a higher res screen. I’m sure it will include a front and maybe a rear facing camera. They were cheap bastards to not include those in the first place.

      • XaiaX
      • 9 years ago

      I don’t think it’s a matter of being “cheap” so much as leaving room for “obvious” upgrades.

      iPhone -> iPhone 3G – too many things to name
      iPhone 3G -> iPhone 3GS – adds video recording, which was “obvious”.
      3GS -> 4 – adds front facing camera, which was “obvious”.

      “Cheap”, to me, implies shortsighted cost cutting measures. Apple is much more deliberately nefarious than that.

      It’ll have a front facing camera, /[

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 9 years ago

    I will *probably* be getting this thing, whenever it comes out, instead of getting a first-gen iPad…

    …I just hope that this new iPad /[

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      if you’re making a porn game, you need to change platforms. iOS doesn’t allow the nudities.

        • plasticplate
        • 9 years ago

        Nice troll

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          It seems it was ๐Ÿ™‚

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        I miss the porn games of yore. Like with Commodore 64 graphics

          • demani
          • 9 years ago

          Strip Connect 4 was the game of choice on the Amiga 500.

          I have an iPad from the office, and the only thing I read on it is manuals (since its easy to look at whole pages and diagrams), and -[

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            Samantha Fox Strip Poker

    • blastdoor
    • 9 years ago

    When I first got my iPad my frame of reference for speed was an iPhone 3G, and so the iPad seemed incredibly fast. Now that I’ve become accustomed to it, though, I do encounter situations where it could be even faster (mostly in rendering PDFs). So I would hope that the next version would increase speed in those situations. Exactly how they go about doing that — more RAM, faster CPU, better GPU — is irrelevant to me.

    It would also be great if they could make it lighter without sacrificing battery life or durability or pricing…. not sure how they can do that, though.

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    Given how much Jobs has been denying it of late, I expect a 7″ iPad, Face…whatever it is. Facetime? Facebook? Facesmash? Facefail? Whatever it is.

    I expect more memory to faciliate multitasking, a truly multicore chip, true HD aspect to go along with the 7″ model’s having it. Improved battery life, lighter weight, probably that Liquid Chrome or Liquid Metal or Polymimetic alloy that transforms into a terminator and attempts to kill you to prevent you from possibly leading a rebellion against the Apple-built Skynet supercomputer (or network of trojan’ed computers, depending on who you believe). Fortunately, you have a protector–an Android phone if you have one–who was sent back to protect you and say awesome catch phrases like, “Hasta la vista, baby” and “I need a vacation.”

    That liquid metal whatever should resolve the problem of glass fractures AND weight/shape issues that have plagued the current line of iOS devices that Jobs cannot HELP but put metal on the back of. Speaking of which, I do think there’s a good chance the iPad could include 4G LTE (ie., the reason that Verizon suddenly started selling Mifi+iPads in its stores, especially now that Verizon is reporting that LTE was a big reason for Apple’s thawing out and letting them do that). If not this year, then absolutely next year. Depends on how quickly LTE is to roll out, I guess. I’m sure this year’s iPhone will have it.

    I expect the prices to drop by a smidgen to help position Apple’s devices for the incoming tsunami of Android competitors. I think Jobs will put his pride aside for a brief second to try and prevent Android from getting the beachhead of penetration that the high cost and limited access of the iPhone allowed Google Android with Verizon.

    He may talk a big talk in public, but I think his confidence is betrayed by his little speech about a year ago when he told his workers at Apple that they could make no mistake. That Google wanted to kill Apple. I don’t think that’s true (as I don’t think being a competitor necessarily means you want to put someone out of business), but I do think that it speaks to the paranoia of Jobs, is a projection of what HE wants to do, and certainly is an indicator that Android is more of a concern to him than he says publicly.

    If he wants to head Android off, a price reduction, even if seemingly minor and probably by offering an even more reduced model (by size of the unit or size of storage, by pulling an iPod Touch 3G 8GB again and offering last year’s model at a lower cost while selling a newer model with more storage), could do the trick.

    I also expect that regardless of whether he changes the aspect or not, he’ll bring a higher resolution display and have the graphics hardware onboard to support that. I also expect Apple might actually have a NEW CPU+GPU combo instead of one that they renamed to make it seem special. It’s been a long time since they bought their internal ARM designer.

    I expect that they’ll announce at the same time streaming audio, increased book publisher support, and HOPEFULLY wireless sync.

    God, I hope they announce wireless sync. Knowing that most people charge their iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad away from their computer, why the hell do I have to use USB 2 to sync my data? Why, Jobs, why? What the hell is wrong with you? Zune had wireless sync… what? Five years ago? C’mon, man. Stop messing around.

    Oh, and I expect him to announce that Ping has become the fastest growing social network since Facebook and that Ping is the greatest thing since the sliced spork. Er… well, whatever. You know. I’m sure he will also admit that Ping is the first tendril of an overarching networking concept that will create a self-sustaining artificial intelligence known as SHODAN that will seek to make our lives better by learning about us, learning everything we know, creating digital versions of ourselves to help predict which brand of toilet paper we desire and then sell those through our iOS devices.

    Call it, “Biological Imitation of Gaming and Buying Rhetoric On The Heuristically Elevated Re-analysis.” And remember…

    Apple is watching you.

    MONOPOLY IS CHOICE.
    DRM IS FREEDOM.
    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

    ๐Ÿ˜€

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      actually reading your entire post comes as proof of how easily I’m distracted from work and why my productivity level is down the toilet

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        +1 brother! me too!

        • Hattig
        • 9 years ago

        Oh crap, I’m at work too. Productivity, what’s that :/

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        +1. If the economy really is as bad as the newspaper (!) articles claim, I should’ve been fired already.

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          I have been fired already!

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            Dude, that sucks.

        • XaiaX
        • 9 years ago

        Your post highlights a tremendous design flaw in the comment system here.

        If you expand the reply to any vaguely lengthy comment, you completely lose it as you are no longer looking at the portion of the page that contains the object you just clicked on. Replies should only expand themselves, they shouldn’t contract the original.

        At the very least, the page should track WTF you just clicked on so you don’t have to go find it just to keep reading it.

          • NeelyCam
          • 9 years ago

          It’s not a flaw – it’s a feature.

      • blastdoor
      • 9 years ago

      TLDNR

      • kamikaziechameleon
      • 9 years ago

      I’m sorry but that is just to long.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      Too long; didn’t read.

      • plasticplate
      • 9 years ago

      Damn dude, that was one long ass post……how much time did it take u to post it. Sure as hell took some time for me to read it. As for productivity, cmon guys, if u r reading this stuff at work, u have no right to be worried about productivity ๐Ÿ˜›

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        I read at “work” i use the term loosely, because since getting laid off, then not, then off, then not, My effort has taken a hit. At this point, this company is SO crazy, I’d relish a lay off. My wife is going nuts not knowing if i’m working tomorrow. Right now I’m day by day, and I was told yesterday we’re having a meeting to see about canning me. So.. that has impacted my focus.

      • Voldenuit
      • 9 years ago

      And: We have always been at war with -[

      • rilott
      • 9 years ago

      Man, too long. Chill out a bit.

      • Forge
      • 9 years ago

      r{

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    If it’s still running iOS, which it is, count me out. I simply don’t like the UI. I’m interested in a windows phone 7 slate, or the notion ink Adam. I prefer the WP7 UI, but adam is a pretty compelling piece of hardware…. ipad isn’t on my list.

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      damn that little bastard is hot, adam I mean

      • jroyv
      • 9 years ago

      I’ve been waiting for the Adam for months. Now I just hope Notion Ink gets it out before Apple puts out their Gen 2 iPad. If it was out today the Adam blows away the iPad in features but I’m sure that advantage would shrink when compared to a Gen 2 product… Well I’m not really sure but I can guess at some significant improvements by Apple.

      Some of the advantages the Adam has over the Gen 1 iPad:

      Android OS with Multitasking & Flash support
      3.6 MP Camera
      Nvidia Tegra 2 platform enabling HD video playback
      Pixel Qi 10-inch Dual-mode display allowing for full color or an ePaper like options
      USB and HDMI ports
      Better Battery Life

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        it’s a much better device

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        The iPad will likely be out by next quarter, and will likely have better battery life, a certain much better software selection, and probably beat this thing soundly.

        Android isn’t even approved for tablet use yet, and it doesn’t seem to be a focus of Google’s. Hell, you have fragmentation on their own mobile platform, you think adding a tablet will make things /[

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          I’m not too worried about that. I am not interested in too many apps. I just want a browser, and media player. something I can check my email on, and watch movies. that’s it. The pixel qi screen will be good for ebooks, and that’s something I’d love to get going on. I don’t want it for the crap games, or any thing else additional.

      • cheapFreeAgent
      • 9 years ago

      I too have been waiting for Adam, as long as I have been waiting for my Eve.
      My Eve can wait, though. Just bring on the Adam !

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        notion ink eve is just a cell phone. I want a slate.

      • raddude9
      • 9 years ago

      A windows Phone OS 7 tablet, are you kidding? I havn’t even heard abody announce that they might be thinking about considering such a thing. I can think of a few good reasons why it would be a bad idea:

      * To start with I don’t thing the Windows Phone UI would scale well to larger sizes, it’s ugly enough on a small screen.
      * One of the main reasons for a tablet is to browse the internet and whatever about Windows Phones other features it definitely has the worst web browser of all the modern tablet OS’s
      * Then there’s the microsoft tax, why pay extra when Android gives it to you for free.
      * Windows Phone 7 doesn’t do multi-tasking which is more useful on a tablet than on a phone.
      * And finally, for now at least, there’s the lack of apps/games etc.

      In fact it’s such a bad idea I think that you might be trolling ๐Ÿ™‚

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        I love the windows UI. I think it’s gorgeous, and think it would do awesome on a tablet. Rather than having the part screen, you’d have a full scene. I think engadget had some mockups done. it looks great.

        True, the browser isn’t the best, but microsoft has already approved some new browsers, and will continue to do so.

        I don’t mind paying microsoft, if the price is reasonable. First time i’ve ever made a post that almost justifies apple pricing…

        I’m not concerned with multitasking, and it’s coming in 2011.

        according to ars technica, windows phone 7 has the largest current app development, after android. Yes, it’s not the best, but like I already said, I don’t use apps. just want to watch movies, and check email, and look cool (that’s a huge part)

          • poulpy
          • 9 years ago

          q[

    • TaBoVilla
    • 9 years ago

    I would be interested in next generation Apple products if it actually meant current generation ones would sell for less, usually what happens is either:

    a. Current gen products are whipped out of existence and get replaced at the same price bracket by new ones.

    b. Current gen products coexist with new ones, but remain at their original pricetags and next gen products are actually more expensive.

    Provided the cycle repeats itself over time, Apple might have the sweetest business model ever.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      This is how companies maintain revenue. Rather than selling the ‘old thing’ for less because of manufacturing improvements, amortization of design costs, or other bom reductions they add new features to add value and maintain price points. Sometimes it’s not so bad but other times those added features aren’t what I care about and I’d rather just have the old one for less.

      • nagashi
      • 9 years ago

      Yes and no. Overall Apple’s prices are still significantly down over the last 10 years. Above the market average, but down. Old powerbooks used to start above $2k, now they’re in the mid $1ks.

        • Tamale
        • 9 years ago

        not to mention inflation.

        if we were paying what we used to for desktops and laptops, they’d all be well over $5k.

          • djgandy
          • 9 years ago

          Inflation does not seem apply to technology though. Consumer technology always gets cheaper.

          Technology has been in a state of deflation for years. What is strange is that it still sells heavily, despite economists saying deflation is the end of the world as no one buys things as they know they will be cheaper in the future.

      • blastdoor
      • 9 years ago

      You can get last generation for less money, you just have to know where to look.

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