The next generation iPad, which by some counts could be launching as early as February of next year, could come in a CDMA variant as well. This is according to a recent article on the Taiwanese publication, DigiTimes. The website cites sources to claim that the next generation iPad could come in three variants – a Wi-Fi only model, a 3G UMTS version and one on CDMA. Each of these models are expected to come with different storage capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB taking the overall number of new SKUs to nine.
While the credibility of the source is still in question, we must point out that this rumor is not too improbable either. Apple signed a partnership with Verizon earlier this year that brought the Wi-Fi only iPad to the Verizon stores. A CDMA variant of the iPad that will run on Verizon is only a logical extension.
In any case, we will look forward to these new models that can only increase the choices for the consumer.
Those of you looking to get hold of a CDMA Palm Pre 2 from Verizon may not have to wait for long. A Palm Pre 2 running on Verizon mysteriously made its appearance at an eBay auction only to be pulled later after word about the device made its way into the blogosphere.
Of course, this in no way gives any direct information about the actual release date. But given the circumstances, we are inclined to believe that the CDMA variant of the Pre 2 could be in advanced levels of testing (and that is how it made to the hands of the eBay seller?) which means a launch is not too long away.
Verizon has stayed silent on this launch so far which means a pre-Christmas release at least is out of question for the moment. This leaves CES as the best possible launch pad for this phone to launch. And that means we could be aiming at a mid-January release.
Apple has long been rumored to be working on a CDMA iPhone that is rumored to launch early next year. This purported launch is also possibly one reason why AT&T has slowly moved away from the iPhone to marketing other smartphones. While all of this still remain speculations with no official word, a number of recent hirings from Apple make an imminent CDMA iPhone quite likely.
According to reports, Apple has hired a number of engineers recently who have experience in GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, HSDPA, HSUPA, and CDMA technologies. Of course, this in itself does not mean a Verizon iPhone is launching. It is also possible that Apple may be looking at bringing the CDMA technology solely to the iPad. You may recall that Verizon has already opened up its stores to sell Wi-Fi only variants of the iPad. Nevertheless, this news should keep the hopefuls among you interested.
The successor to the Google Nexus One is here and will be available for American customers starting December 16 on Best Buy stores. But as you had heard already, the current version shall be on T-Mobile which means the Nexus S is only GSM compatible at the moment. However, rumor mongers insist a CDMA version too could be coming soon.
The source is presumably the rules and regulations posted for a Nexus S contest that is up on Google. A line on the rules page reads,
“The currently available Nexus S is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint.”
It is being debated that the wording cleverly hides a possible Nexus S variant that could be available on Verizon and Sprint. However, that argument sounds too far fetched and is something I would not buy. Nevertheless, choices are always good and we hope this speculation indeed turns out true.
Apple could be looking at bringing a “world iPad” that could be free of network compatibility troubles. The company is learned to be working with Qualcomm to equip the next generation iPad with multimode CDMA-GSM chips that could be used over any network across the globe.
Admittedly, these are speculations at this point and it comes from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair who has noted in a recent report,
“Recent checks…suggest Apple is going to be ratcheting down production of the existing 3G iPad over the next two months in anticipation of ramping up a new World iPad that is powered by Qualcomm and will run on both GSM and CDMA based networks around the world. Given our recent checks that suggest Apple is preparing to build approximately 48 million iPads in calendar 2011.”
Additionally, Blair has noted that these new iPads will come with a front facing camera as well as a few aesthetic changes. He writes,
“We…understand the new iPad is thinner than the existing model and is essentially made from one piece of metal with no pins needed. We understand it requires a new type of manufacturing process as a result, similar to the company’s unibody approach seen in MacBooks.”
One information we do not have still is the launch timing. Is it going to be early next year? April, or later? We will have to wait and watch.
An upcoming clamshell from Motorola has just been unveiled. The new Motorola WX415 Heartland has been spotted in the wild and some notable features include an external display, external music controls and touch sensitive screen.
There is little information available about the device otherwise, though we know it is a CDMA handset. No details on price or launch date as yet.
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Apple might have possibly replaced iPhone’s OEM for earlier versions, Foxconn Electronics with Pegatron Technology for the manufacture of the next generation of iPhone. This was reported by Taiwan publication, DigiTimes.
According to industry sources, Pegatron’s deal with Apple might already have been secured and the launch of the device is likely to be in late summer or fall of this year.
There has been a lot of anticipation over the next gen iPhone which is expected to be a “world phone” capable of running on both GSM and CDMA technology. While Qualcomm failed to deliver this technology for the iPad that was released earlier this year, a hybrid version is much anticipated on the new iPhone model though.
If these rumors are true, then it raises questions about why Apple broke its partnership with Foxconn. The Taiwan based company still holds the contract to manufacture Apple’s Mac, iPods and the soon to be launched iPad.
According to sources Fox News spoke to from AT&T and Verizon, both companies have indicated that they are in talks with Apple over an Apple Tablet deal. This has given rise to speculations over whether we could see Apple Tablet coming in two versions – one working over the CDMA network and the other on GSM.
This is significant because earlier rumors pointed out that Qualcomm was unable to produce hybrid chips that could have brought both CDMA and GSM to a single device. With a hybrid device out of the equation now, a dual version appears to be very likely.
However, do not expect this partnership to be announced on the D-Day next week. Sources have also indicated that the agreements between Apple and the carriers is yet to be finalized; which means we might not be hearing the price of subsidized Tablets until later.
[via Fox News]