WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

Summary: As HP prepares an update on WebOS and Motorola gets ready to launch the Android-powered Xoom, the WSJ reports that the new iPad is now in production, offering hints that it will be here sooner, rather than later.

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The Wall Street Journal, citing "people familiar with the matter," reported that a new version of Apple's iPad is now in production - and it will thinner and lighter than the debut model.

The device will also have at least one camera on the front, more memory and a more powerful graphics processor. But expect the same display resolution. It will be available through both Verizon and AT&T but not Sprint or T-Mobile.

The WSJ said it didn't have details on the pricing.

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News like this further puts some meat behind buzz about the iPad2's forthcoming release. It also puts the pressure on Google and Motorola to make sure that the Xoom - which is widely believed to be headed for stores before the end of this month - is compelling enough to gain some traction in the market.

Likewise, RIM's Playbook will need to make a strong showing when it debuts - expected in the coming months. And let's not forget about Hewlett-Packard, which is hosting an event tomorrow to share news about WebOS, the mobile operating system it picked up when it acquired Palm.

And then there are the tablets running Microsoft's operating system. Earlier today, Dell said it will release a 10-inch business-ready tablet running Windows 7 later this year.

But let's be real about this: Apple has set the bar for tablet computing - whether you like it or not - and everyone else is playing catch up. If the new products - which are pretty much unknowns still - aren't "just as good as" the iPad, they'll have a tough go at it. Now, before they're even out, Apple is raising the bar again.

Of course, we don't know the specs yet on what the iPad2 will offer. But my guess is that it will certainly wow consumers - and Wall Street.

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

    Same resolution, same static icons on the homescreen.... same....
    tatiGmail
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @tatiGmail

      How magical and revolutionary!
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Well...

      @tatiGmail it's the same but better.
      General C#
    • @tatiGmail

      A year after the iPads initial release and the late, uninnovative copy cats are still having trouble keeping up.

      Shows how far behind they were/are and it certainly speaks volumes doesn't it???
      MacCanuck
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @tatiGmail Maybe a dual core CPU?
      Jimster480
      • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

        @Jimster480 Nope, but rumored to have more RAM.
        mrxxxman
  • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

    No resolution improvement would be a REAL downer (not to mention the lack of a 7 inch version), but if it maintains the same price-point as the current iPad with even more horsepower, the $800.00 Xoom won't have a chance.
    Playdrv4me
    • no 7" model... don't care..

      @Playdrv4me ..I and i think most not interested in using the iPad as a mobile device but a portable one.. phones are much better suited for that anyway.. not interested in 3G.. again i think i'm like most and only really interested in using iPad at home likely 75% of the time.. movies for kids in the car and hotel rooms.. home and hotels have WiFi so 3G is just not necessary.. plus if you add tethering it's REALLY not necessary.. you get a much less expensive device and no monthly bill either.. this is Androids big mistake tying tablets to carriers.. people are just not interested in paying $200-$300 more for a feature they don't want or need plus reoccurring charges monthly.. people aren't biting.. even for the 3G iPad models.. those are the worst selling one by a 3 to 1 margin<br><br>i wouldn't mind seeing a modest upgrade in screen res.. at least 512MB of RAM and of course upped SoC (better CPU + GPU) and we can see with devs can come up with.. what would really screw the other is if Apple kept the old iPad in production at $399 or even less... like they did with the 3GS iPhone.. i'd actually get another one of those in a heart beat for my kids.. so they don't fight over the one we have now..<br><br>anyway if android manufacturers continue to tie their tablets to carriers.. they are going exactly NOWHERE!
      doctorSpoc
      • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

        @doctorSpoc the Xoom will have a wifi only model a little later too. BTW, tying it to a carrier doesn't mean you have to pay for a data plan. That's not true. It just means that if you do decide to buy a data plan you have to do it with a specific carrier.

        Where does it say you have to buy a 2 year contract? And in cases where you do, the carrier discounts the tablet as is the case with the Galaxy Tab.

        Again, just so you understand, you can pay the $800 for the Xoom and connect only with wifi and not buy a data contract. Got it?
        mrxxxman
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @Playdrv4me Why? It's a better device, and it has numerous features that the iPad 2 won't have like:<br><br>rear facing camera<br>1080P video<br>SD card slot<br>USB port<br>dual processor<br>1280x800 screen<br>4G upgradeability<br>true multi-tasking<br>customizable OS (home screen widgets, keybds, etc.)<br>16:9 form factor<br>Stand alone device, does not require computer or iTunes account to setup
      mrxxxman
  • Windows Tablets are D.O.A.

    Too expensive and a bloated O.S.
    james347
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @james347 Consumers don't seem to care about that.
      khurtwilliams@...
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @james347 too expensive? Maybe, but did you consider the 3g iPad too expensive at $729 a year ago?

      Bloated OS? Really? Don't make me laugh.
      mrxxxman
  • Seriously...

    I ditched my ipad and would only consider the 2nd Gen tablet if they had a 7" model, the 10" model was too awkward to hold and type on because it was too big for one hand and two hard to thumb type.

    Also, Apple has to fix the input because it just plain sucks and I was frustrated with not having options to disable certain spell checking.

    Beyond that the Original lost battery life when it got Multitasking which wasnt supposed to happen but it did on the two iPads we had.

    For now, I am looking at a Galaxy Tab because it just does more of what I want in a way that I want.
    slickjim
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @Peter Perry <br><br>G.Tab is a beautiful device. I only got rid of mine in anticipation of the Honeycomb requirement of dual core processors (I know there will be homebrew builds out there for single core but I want to run it on the intended hardware minimums). <br><br>Seriously, whoever gets to market first with a Honeycomb equivalent of the Tab with the same or better resolution will have my next 5 bills. In the mean-time I'll hold out on the side-lines with my rooted Nook Color.
      Playdrv4me
      • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

        @Playdrv4me Agreed. I have an Archos 70. I really liked the Galaxy tab. The problem is always pricing (this is true of the iPad as well). I do not see a day when I will spend more than $400-500 on a tablet and that is pushing it.

        I would love it if they could work out a device that has an unlocked 3G modem for under $500.

        I don't like to be forced to deal with iTunes but I would consider an iPad if they made them significantly lighter and/or a 7 inch version. The original is just too heavy and awkward for my taste.
        redhaven
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @Peter Perry "Beyond that the Original lost battery life when it got Multitasking which wasnt supposed to happen but it did on the two iPads we had?

      Well you must be the only one this has happened to, or a you?re a part of a real small group. There has not been any news of the iPad losing battery life, due to multi-tasking. My mother has an iPad and only charges it once every 7 to 9 days. Granted she doesn?t use it like a replacement computer, and she?s not on it 9 hours a day. But to say that the battery is suddenly not lasting a decent amount of time, says that the particular iPad is acting abnormally. As far as a 7? model, if Apple doesn?t see the need for one, they won?t make one. I highly doubt they would make a product for a handful of users, ignoring the larger audience, that is happy with the current size.
      Rick_K
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @Peter Perry Consumers don't seem to care about the "issues" you mentioned. Otherwise the Galaxy Tab would be selling like gang busters.
      khurtwilliams@...
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @Peter Perry You can disable autocorrect spell checking.
      lelandhendrix@...
    • RE: WSJ: Next-gen iPad now in production; Tablet wars heating up

      @Peter Perry 7" iPad will never happen. Jobs has trashed that size since day one so there is no way he would eat his words. To this day he has refused to come out with a 2-button mouse even though in practice he's made it possible through software. Personally, it's not a good design because users constantly hit the wrong "button" or side of the mouse.

      The other problem with the iPad, and why it's even more bulky, is due to it's 4:3 form factor. That's not the case with the Galaxy Tab. It's 7" size plus 16:9 form factor make it very mobile in comparison. Also, there is no need to "activate" the device through a computer and iTunes. That process is not right, and a result of a closed Apple eco-system.
      mrxxxman