Thursday, February 2, 2012

Today in Apple rumors, the company is expected to hold a “strange” event before the possible launch of the iPad 3 in March, according to a Japanese blog report.

Macotakara reported that Apple is planning an event before the iPad 3 is announced, but it won’t be focused around a product launch.

The details of the event are unclear, but Apple could be making an announcement without touting new hardware  a move it most recently made last month in New York City with iBooks 2 and iBooks Author for students.

The news comes as a follow-up to a Macotakara report that said the iPad 3 launch event would happen in February.

“I reported that Apple was going to hold Special Event in early February according to Asian supplier and source from united states, but this report told a half-side of truth,” the blog said. “Apple will hold ‘Strange’ event at February instead of Special Event [SIC].”

By “strange,” we can infer that the blog means “unusual.”
Macotakara also noted that the next-generation iPad is expected to be announced and launched in March.

iPad 3 rumors have been heating up this week. Boy Genius Report claimed a source had an iPad 3 prototype, and sent the tech site various development images that reveal more information about the device and its components.

The images obtained by BGR show data points to a quad-core processor and model numbers J1 and J2, which refers to “iPad3,1″ and “iPad3,2.” This indicates that the iPad could be made available in two different versions one for Wi-Fi and one perhaps with Wi-Fi and GSM/CDMA/LTE.

Adding to iPad 3 rumors on Wednesday, Amazon added two iPad 3 books to its European site  iPad 3 pour les nuls, or iPad 3 for Dummies in French, and Auf die Schnelle iPad 3, which is German for iPad 3 on the Fly, according to a report from iPad 3 for Dummies is scheduled to be published on March 29  the date many think the device could be launched.

8 Rumors About the iPad 3: What It Could Look Like, When It Could Arrive

1. Minor Upgrades

iLounge recently reported that it saw a prototype of the next-generation iPad at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and that it looks just like the iPad 2, only thicker by about 1 mm. The camera in the top left corner is expected to be a bit larger than the iPad 2 and similar to the improved camera featured on the iPhone 4S.

It’s also been rumored that the next-generation iPad will have a high-resolution screen – possibly even double dpi -- and a stronger interior. However, the updates seen by iLounge seem to be more cosmetic than structural. Could the next-generation device be an upgrade similar to that of the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4S?

2. Delayed Launch

Due to some international weather conditions such as a flood in Thailand, some believe there is a bit of uncertainty with Apple’s supply chain in parts of Asia that would put the release date in question. However, analysts at Citigroup believe everything is on schedule and that the launch will happen as planned, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

3. First-Quarter Unveiling

Citigroup also expects the next-generation iPad will be unveiled in February, citing a few sources close to the matter. The iPad 2 was announced on March 2, 2011, so an announcement close to previous model launch dates is expected. Some also speculate that the event could be held on Feb. 24 – Steve Jobs's birthday.

4. March Arrival

MacRumors recently cited Japanese reports that Foxconn and Pegatron – two key manufacturing partners for Apple  have started producing the next-generation iPad and plan to ship the device in March.

5. Siri

According to a 9to5Mac report, Apple may be adding Siri Dictation to the next-generation iPad. A tipster noted that they were looking through the iOS 5.1 beta 3 settings application on the iPad and noted a new section called “Privacy and Dictation.” Inside included legal and feature information for Siri.

6. A Cheaper iPad Model

The DigiTimes recently reported that a less expensive iPad model will also be released with the next-generation iPad to offer an alternative to the Kindle Fire.

7. Price Cuts on Previous Models

Some are holding out on purchasing an Apple tablet until price cuts occur on previous iPad models after the unveiling of the next-generation version. Since the cost of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G lowered after the iPhone 4S debuted, it’s possible that the first two versions of the iPad could experience a price drop.

8. Unconventional Uses for Previous Models

With the arrival of the next-generation iPad, some expect that previous models will be used to foster research in the future. In fact, according to a report by Scientific American, some previous versions of the iPad could end up in the hands of Orangutans. A non-profit organization called Orangutan Outreach gathers donated iPads to help animals learn and even communicate with others. Scientific American also noted that iPads are a therapeutic device and help orangutans in captivity stay active and happy.