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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/29/2010

iPad 2 may have three versions, March/April release date

By Hayley Tsukayama

More rumors about the iPad 2: on Tuesday, the Taiwanese Web site Digitimes reported that the iPad 2 will have three new versions, allowing it to connect to WiFi, UMTS and WiFi; and CDMA and WiFi. UMTS, or universal mobile telecommunications system, is what AT&T and T-Mobile use for 3G. Sprint and Verzion use CDMA, or code division multiple access.

The information was attributed to an unnamed source who said Apple made its decision to allow more connectivity because 60 to 65 percent of current iPad shipments are 3G models, indicating that users prefer to have the option of connecting to the Internet all the time.

The source also told Digitimes that Apple is working to reduce smudges and glare on the iPad 2's screen, to compete with the Kindle.

Finally, Digitimes reported that the iPad likely would start mass-production in late January, which CNet reports puts the tablet on track for a March or April release. That's a bit later than previous rumors which indicated a February launch.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 29, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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Comments

Alright! Maybe AT&T can lower the data cap to 10mb now!

Then release a press statement saying that 99.9% of their customers never use 10mb or more and that customers WIN by lowering data caps!

Yippie!

Posted by: Bious | December 29, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

apple's star is not shining that brightly these days.

do they have another iphone sized idea?

or are they just going to continue to produce overpriced, underpowered computers?

the days of iphone supremacy are long over.

Posted by: docwhocuts | December 29, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

What, no LTE?

Posted by: DoctorWhom | December 29, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"Apple's iPhone most popular item on eBay in 2010"

"Apple's iPhone beat out Barbie and the World Cup to take the coveted spot of most popular item on eBay's Top Shopped 2010 list, while the iPad came in fifth."

I hate to bring up reality but..... Apple's star seems to be still pretty bright to me.....especially with market share and stock price continuing to rise, not to mention customer satisfaction and loyalty numbers......Who is it who's supposed to be doing better right now?

Posted by: MavenGates | December 29, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

From the "get-go," Apple Computer Inc. and all its progeny have used the best chips and had the earliest vision of true connectivity and synthesis. That is: All home and/or business communications will be consolidated into one functional unit. Apple is taking necessary and sometimes smaller first steps for that mission. In my opinion, these are measures of GREAT success!

Posted by: kidtechbg | December 29, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"iPhone sized"?

Now that we've heard from the teenagers with the eyesight of an Air Force pilot, how about MORE iPad-sized gadgets for the rest of us?

Posted by: Blurgle | December 29, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

apple's star is not shining that brightly these days.

do they have another iphone sized idea?

or are they just going to continue to produce overpriced, underpowered computers?

the days of iphone supremacy are long over.

Posted by: docwhocuts
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No thread is complete without the witless "Anything but Apple" comments.

Grow up and get over it. If you don't like Apple products, don't buy them, but there is no need to pi$$ on everyone else's parade.

Posted by: xconservative | December 29, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Here is what grown ups do: when the Ipod Nano came out and had a problem with easy scratching, I said Apple was done. I was wrong. The stock price since then has shot up from $54/share to around $324/share. In that time, how many Apple products have I bought? Too many.

The nice thing is, Apple truly lifts all boats. When I first started in practice, the computers we used had less computing power than an Ipad. Look at the success of "Angry Birds", the adaptation of the Ipad by the medical profession, and its use as a physical therapy/occupational therapy tool, and you get the genius behind the products; it is a tool that allows for creativity across disciplines. And finally, it causes everyone else to up their games, as Samsung did with the Galaxy hand held, selling 1 million copies on its own.

Posted by: moedocmd | December 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

dude, that's just rumor, and not the offical info. Now let's hope 2011 can be just as extraordinary! Everything you need to know about iPad:http://www.aneesoft.com/tutorials/ipad/index.html

Posted by: zholy | December 30, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

guess all the sales & elbow room only Apple stores means nothing to the Apple haterz.
Again - stock price says it all chumps.

Posted by: Rocc00 | December 30, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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