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No iPad 3 Release Possible At Macworld Or CES

A new rumour has been making the buzz online. According to this rumour, Apple is all geared up for releasing its next generation iPad at the Macworld conference next month. Some have even claimed that no, its not going to be at the Macworld conference, Apple is going to release their new tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show or CES. The truth: They’re both wrong.

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It is only natural, the excitement surrounding Apple’s next generation iPad. We know that Apple is a company that usually sticks to its stringent release cycles. Earlier this year, the iPad 2 was announced on March 2. There’s a huge chance that the iPad 3 will also be announced in March, however we know nothing for sure until the moment Apple dispatches invites for the press. Apple is truly an unpredictable company.

The rumours regarding iPad 3 started as early as in August 2011. People claimed to have heard from sources that the iPad 3 was going in to production in September and the release was slated for October 2011. Both of these months passed yet Apple didn’t even say a word about iPad 3. Now these days, people believe Apple will release two iPads in 2012, one for the high-end customers and the other for mid-range customers. The most outrageous rumour of all, that Apple is going to announce them at Macworld/iWorld, an event from which Apple ended its official presence over two years ago and has no plans of going to again.

Well connected source Jim Dalrymple confirms that this is not going to happen. He notes:

I checked with a number of my sources today and an iPad 3 is not planned for release at Macworld. In case you’re wondering, an iPad 3 won’t be released at CES either.

You can also mark a TV off your list for either one of those shows too – it’s not going to happen, according to my sources.

Regardless of the fact that Macworld is the single largest Apple fan event in the world and that CES is the biggest consumer electronics exhibition in the world, Apple will release its products at venues it likes best and at times it feels right. Let us sit back and see what outrageous rumours are yet to come.

 

Apple Reportedly Releasing Two iPad Models In 2012

Apple is known to follow its release cycles. In March 2012, a full year would have passed by since Apple released the iPad 2 on March 2, 2011. So it goes without saying that these days, the rumour mill is spinning out new speculation regarding the upcoming Apple tablet. While we have already heard much speculation about possible features and specifications, a new rumour claims that Apple will release two iPad models in 2012.

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Even if Apple decides against releasing two iPad models in 2012, there will most definitely be the release of iPad 3. A lot of rumours have been going around regarding its specification and features. On the subject of two iPads being released, the source claims Apple will make one iPad for the high-end market and the other for lower-end market. Both iPads will retain their legendary 9.7-inch form factor. Contrary to popular belief, even if the company does release a second iPad model in 2012, it’s not going to a 7-inch iPad that has been rumoured to be manufactured as a direct competitor of Amazon’s now popular Kindle Fire tablet.

Furthermore it has also been said that both iPads will have double the battery power as compared to their predecessor. The iPad 2 currently has a battery back of 6,500 mAH. The new battery pack on these probable two iPads in 2012 is going to be of 14,000 mAH. Batteries aside, better cameras have also been hinted. It is expected that both of these models will have a 5 and 8 megapixel camera supplied by Samsung and Sony.

There’s one thing that does seem amiss in this rumour. The source claims Apple will announce both of these iPad models at the iWorld/Macworld conference later next month. It so happens that Apple has not officially been present at the show since 2008 despite the fact that this conference is the single largest Mac/Apple fan event in the world. Even at this point in time, sources tell us that Apple has no plans whatsoever of making an appearance at iWorld/Macworld conference.

iPad 3 Reportedly Launching On Steve Jobs’ Birthday, February 24

The Apple iPad 2 was launched back in March 2011. While 2011 is nearly over, analysts can’t help but make predictions about Apple’s new tablet slated for release in 2012. It is rumoured that Apple hopes to launch the iPad 3 on the birthday of its deceased co-founder Steve Jobs.

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While Apple products are designed at Jonny Ive’s super secret bunker at One Infinite Loop, none of the devices are manufactured in the USA. All of Apple’s products are manufactured in China so there’s always a possibility of information about future products leaking out. Most of the time, rumours originate from China where someone claims to have seen the new devices at manufacturing stations.

This time is no different. A local Chinese newspaper reported that Apple is contemplating launching the iPad 3 on February 24, the day when Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs was born.

Citing sources close to Taiwanese makers in the iPad 3 supply chain, the Economic Daily news said the gadget could be launched in mid-first quarter of next year or by the end of March.

Apple has already set a precedent of product release on the birthday of Steve Jobs. In February 2011, the Macbook Pro models were launched on his birthday. Apple is known to follow its release cycles strictly and if it follows this precedent, then we can expect an iPad 3 release on February 24.

The rumours about iPad 3 started early this year. We know for sure that the iPad 3 will come with a quad-core A6 processor, more RAM and more on-board storage. It has also been rumoured that the iPad 3 is facing production problems primarily because the thin design is making it difficult for manufacturers to fit all the components inside it. Apart from that, there have also been rumours of two iPad releases in 2012, one 7.5-inch iPad and the other the iPad 3.

No much is known for sure at this point in time about the iPad 3, though we’ll keep you updated as we get to know more.

How To Make iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch Home Button More Responsive

Everyone loves their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS devices are now some of the most revered devices in the world and chances are you already own one. Sometimes it happens that the Home button on an iOS devices doesn’t feel as responsive as it used to do when it came fresh out of the box. Not to worry though, simply follow the steps documented below to easily recalibrate the Home button on your iOS device to make it more responsive again.

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As you probably know very well, iOS devices are gorgeously manufactured. They’re above par in terms of design, feel and durability. Apple has literally revolutionized the product design and manufacture industry with its products. People who use a lot of devices usually complain about the poor durability, however this is one issue that iOS device owners rarely face.

Nevertheless, there is one problem that is commonly reported by many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. The Home button on their device becomes less responsive than it was when they first bought the device. There’s a certain amount of lag when one presses it, so unarguably it’s quite a nuisance. Most people would just accredit this to wear and tear then simply get a new device. Not everyone wants a new device though. As it happens, its highly likely that the Home button issue is simply just a calibration issue and can easily be fixed by following the simple steps documented below.

How To Recalibrate Home Button On iPhone, iPad And iPod Touch:

Step 1: Launch any of the stock apps on your iOS device. Stock apps include the weather, Mail, Settings, YouTube app etc.

Step 2: Press and hold the Power button until Slide to power off appears.

Step 3: Now press and hold the Home button until the slider disappears, the app quits and the SpringBoard, meaning Home screen, appears.

That’s it, the Home button on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is now recalibrated. The lag should be gone now. A very nifty fix for a very over-estimated problem!

iPad Mini With 7.85″ Screen Rumoured To Release In 2012

As if the false rumours about iCloud iPhone weren’t enough, today a new wave of rumours started pouring in. Given the fact that Apple has already released their iPhone 4S, we had an idea that the rumours coming in now would concern the next generation iPad. Turns out we were right as reportedly, Apple has started receiving samples of an iPad Mini that has a 7.85″ inch and will allegedly be released in mid-2012.

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United News Daily of Taiwan reports that samples are being received by Apple of an iPad Mini that has a 7.85″ screen. The displays for this iPad Mini are being manufactured by LG Electronics and AU Optronics. The display is said to retain the 1024×768 resolution of original iPad however due to the fact that the screen real estate will be less than the original iPad, it would mean that all of the apps and services would have be made specifically for it in order to avoid any usability issues. The report also claims that Apple is thinking of launching iPad Mini by mid-2012.

Regarding Apple, our research is pointing to the unveiling of a lower priced iPad in the first few months of 2012 that is aimed at expanding the company’s market potential by tapping into a more price sensitive consumer segment. Essentially, this “iPad mini” will also fend off the recently announced Amazon Kindle Fire that addresses the low-end tablet market with a $199 price tag but could lead to bigger tablet ambitions from the online retailer in the future. The “mini” refers to a reduced price point of this iPad and not necessarily the size of the device. We believe this lower priced iPad could be priced in the mid-to-high-$200 range.

It is possible that Apple is thinking to release iPad Mini primarily because there has been a major change in the top spot. The new CEO of Apple is Tim Cook and Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away. We know of Steve Jobs’ hate against 7″ tablets and he made it quite clear that under his leadership Apple will never release a 7″ tablet. If Apple is indeed going ahead with a mid-range iPad project, it would mean that this project is being pushed for by Tim Cook who believes Apple needs to capture market share that it is keeping itself out of in the mid-range tablet market.

Samsung To Manufacture iPad 3 And iPhone 5 A6 Quad-core Processor

Despite the fact that Apple and Samsung are literally daggers drawn in courts all around the world, Apple has decided to keep Samsung its primarily supplier for A6 quad-core processors that will debut in the next generation iPhone and iPad, aptly named iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

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Despite their legal battles, Samsung is increasing the production of A6 quad-core processors for Apple at its production facility located in Austin Texas. Previously it was reported that Apple would be giving orders for A6 manufacturing to SPIL and TSMC. It turns out that Samsung has been retained as the primary supplier whereas TSMC will only be manufacturing A6 processors with custom designs from Apple in specific volume.

An executive for one of Apple’s component suppliers said the following in an statement to Korea Times:

Apple has been in talks with Samsung over shipment of its A6 quad-core mobile processor (AP) chips to be used in the next iPhone. It appears that Apple clearly has concluded that Samsung remains a critical business partner. Samsung Electronics will apply its advanced 28-nanometer processing technology to produce qualified A6 mobile APs. TSMC will provide customized chips with designs from Apple, however, the volume will be very small.

As far as TSMC and the production of quad-core A6 processors is concerned, sources indicate that TSMC has yet to stabilize its production and Apple can not take a risk and jeopardize the performance of its next generation iPhone and iPad by placing the sole responsibility of manufacturing processors to a relatively unstable manufacturer. Samsung on the other hand has been providing processors for Apple and given the fact that their production is more streamlined and stable, Apple decided to keep Samsung as a crucial business partner regardless of the fact that they have sued the Korean manufacturer in a number of courts around the world for design copying and patent infringement.

Regardless of being retained as a crucial processor manufacturer for Apple, don’t expect the Cupertino outfit to go easy in court. Apple has already blocked Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales in Australia and a number of European countries. Apple has been able to prove on many grounds that Samsung did infact copy and infringe upon their patents, yet an ultimate judgement is still pending in all courts where lawsuits have been filed.