Deep-throated rumours say that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will not only launch iPhone 5 in September, but it's also the iPad 3 release date. Already? Why so soon? Bloggers presume Steve Jobs wants to leapfrog competition from Android tablets, HP's TouchPad, and RIM's PlayBook.
- On the one hand, isn't it amazing how the tech press and bloggers get so worked up over anonymous, thinly-sourced information?
- On The Other Hand, it is at least a bit of fun for a Friday afternoon.
Plus, today's skateboarding duck: Masterchef synesthesia...
Yenting Chen and Joseph Tsai report:
Upstream component makers including Foxconn ... which is in charge of assembling the devices; Simplo Technologies and Dynapack ... of manufacturing batteries; TPK Holding and Wintek ... of touch panel modules; Catcher ... of chassis; and Largan Precision ... of webcams, are all expected to benefit. ...
The sources pointed out that Apple only plans to launch one model of the new iPhone, while iPad 3 has just recently been added to the production schedule with both set to be produced in small volumes in August. ...
[P]layers within Apple's upstream supply chain ... recently increased their estimated supply volumes ... indicating that Apple is set to attack with another wave of new devices, before its competitors become strong. ... Apple is considering designing an even thinner and lighter tablet PC with its panel resolution increasing to 250dpi, the sources added.
Chris Davies adds:
[T]he whispers in Taiwan would have us believe that ... suppliers are already gathering together materials for iPhone 5 and iPad 3 manufacture, ahead of an official unveil in September. ... Confusing matters is that ... there’s no real consensus on what an “iPhone 5€³ is and what an “iPhone 4S” is, and how the two differ.
The iPhone 5 ... is said to be a more significant departure from existing designs, with a ... tapered body borrowing styling cues from the MacBook Air, a larger ... Retina Display and advanced technologies like NFC. It could well ... [support] both CDMA and GSM carriers with the same model, along with an 8-megapixel camera.
Katie Marsal tries to make sense of it all:
Friday's news contradicts a report from earlier this week that pegged a so-called "iPad 3" launch in 2012. ... [A]nalyst Craig Berger said his supply chain sources indicated a prototype iPad 3 would be made early next year.
And Stewart Meagher thinks about it:
Taiwanese tech-industry moles at Digitimes have been digging through the dumpsters ... and say that the supply chains for both upcoming gadgets are showing distinct signs of activity.
But Jay Yarow is more skeptical:
Sounds exciting, but let's not forget DigiTimes has previously reported that there would be no iPad 3 this fall. So, something weird is going on with its reporters or sources.
Eric Slivka triangulates:
A number of sources have reported that Apple may introduce an updated iPad just months after the release of the iPad 2 ... in the face of rapidly-increasing competition. ... [T]hose claims have been met with skepticism by others expecting Apple to ... stick to its usual annual update cycle.
Rachel King rules, dude:
Although, a recent Lulz Security hack did find leaked information ... pointing towards a debut this fall, but it hasn’t been determined if it is authentic. ... [Perhaps] Apple plans on conquering the holiday season.
But Christian Zibreg sticks to the script:
Such an aggressive manufacturing and ... shortened release cycle reveal that Apple is betting big on the post-PC world. Fourteen months following the iPad ... Apple still owns the tablet market.
Meanwhile, Lily puts the tin lid on it, probably:
... [R]umors of the iPad 3 with a Fall 2011 launch have been circulating for some months now. ... Given the popularity of the iPad 2 and ... that Apple struggled to keep up with demand, is it likely? ... Not very.
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