Apple May Launch iPad 2 Later This Month
Japanese blog Macotakara – which in the past has provided accurate details about forthcoming Apple launches has some interesting information regarding iPad 2.
In a two line report published recently, the blog said that Apple will be holding a small event in February to launch the next generation iPad.
However, Macotakara goes on to add that iPad 2 will be available only in March.
Meanwhile, iLounge claims that “a previously accurate source” has revealed that Apple is working on NFC (Near Field Communication) accessories, indicating that iPad 2 and iPhone 5 could come with embedded NFC chips for mobile payments.
iLounge report provides some details about the NFC accessories:
In the most basic implementation, an accessory could announce its presence and potential functions to an iPad or iPhone without the need for a Bluetooth or similar connection; our source suggests that an otherwise simple case could include a radio chip so that an inserted iPhone or iPad could go into power-saving hibernation mode automatically. More complex accessories will go far beyond that.
The iLounge report also talks about the possibility of Apple using a new material similar to carbon fiber instead of alluminium in the next generation iPad to make it tougher and at the same time reduce its weight.
iLounge also reports that according to their source, Apple has asked component manufacturersÂ to develop a part that could be used in a 7-inch iPad, which is odd as Steve Jobs has mentioned that Apple won’t make a 7-inch iPad as theyÂ believe 10-inch screen is the minimum necessary for a tablet.
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