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Is Apple preparing a 7-inch “iPad 2” for a pre-Christmas launch?

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August 17, 2010

Apple is rumored to be giving its iPad a little brother before Christams

Apple is rumored to be giving its iPad a little brother before Christams

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The Apple rumor mill has kicked into gear again suggesting Apple is planning to release a 7-inch “iPad 2” before Christmas. The Economic Daily reports that a number of Taiwanese companies have won a few component contracts for the device, while Taiwan’s Digitimes newspaper has reported that Taiwanese companies were already starting to assemble it. Adding fuel to the fire is the discovery of a block of code buried deep within iOS4 that apparently queries whether the device is either a CDMA iPhone or iPad 2.

The Economic Daily report says that among the Taiwanese companies to win component contracts is Chimei Innolux, which will supply 7-inch LCD displays with the same IPS (in-plane switching) technology found in the original 9.7-inch iPad, and Cando Corporation, which will supply the touchscreen technology. Compal Electronics, a Taiwanese company that handles the production of laptops for a variety of companies including Dell, Toshiba, HP and Compaq, has apparently been chosen to assemble the device.

Additionally, an “Apple source” has tipped off the folks at Boy Genius Report (BGR) about a block of code in iOS4 that supposedly queries the device, and if it is a CDMA iPhone or iPad 2, the device will auto-activate, bypassing the need for iTunes. This is apparently to allow products to be field tested by carriers or partners without having to activate the devices. The source told BGR that such code has previously appeared before other major iPhone/device releases and is removed right before launch.

Code in iOS4 suggesting an iPad 2 is on the way

With Apple’s well-known love of secrecy, it’s no surprise that none of the Taiwanese companies mentioned in The Economic Daily and Digitimes reports, or indeed Apple itself, has confirmed the rumors. However, if the reports prove to be true, the release of a smaller and presumably cheaper iPad might appeal to those that find the current iPad just out of their financial reach.

Via BGR and Computerworld

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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3 Comments

CDMA is it? the not world standard? so nice, thanks, next....I found a 7in computer with all the connectives, solid state "drive" so why would I ever.....?????

Unless I were one of those folks highlighted in a recent indy survey which found I-ph users were more snobish/selfabsorbed than were users of other smart phones ?

waltinseattle
18th August, 2010 @ 12:20 pm PDT

waltinseattle:

You must be one of those that puts negative comments on forums about products you have no intention of ever buying.

I'll check the Gizmag article on that new carbon neutral luxury yacht. I'm sure I'll find you there as well, telling us all how you won't be buying one.

Neil
18th August, 2010 @ 05:35 pm PDT

waltinseattle,

can you please tell me the 7in computer you found (model, price).

thanks

Zgabearta Iftode
19th August, 2010 @ 11:50 am PDT
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