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.