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.
Those of you who have subscribed to AT&T Mobile TV or Verizon’s V Cast Mobile TV have a reason to rejoice. Qualcomm, the popular chip maker has revealed that the company shall be announcing major upgrades to their FLO TV service that will, among other things also let users record mobile TV shows off the air.
The Associated Press writes,
“The video-recording feature will let them watch shows when they like. The company will also let viewers buy service by the day, rather than committing to subscriptions that cost $10 to $15 per month for a package of a dozen channels”
Additionally, Qualcomm is also reported to be working on offering interactive services via the FLO TV service that will enable users to click and view information about the various TV shows apart from viewing ads and purchasing products from the FLO TV service. Existing users shall get access to the service through software upgrades.
In digital media circles, there are traditionally three screens for user consumption : the TV, mobile phone and desktop. This conventionality is seen to be the primary reason why manufacturers were not comfortable in developing a tablet device – until Apple finally decided to move ahead with the iPad plan.
At a time when Apple is seeking to expand the number of screens a consumer is exposed to, Qualcomm has quite contrarian ambitions. It wants to develop one device that can fit all the users’ aspirations – a multifold device that can be spread out to work like a TV as well as folded into a cellphone. A recent patent application from Qualcomm suggests exactly this
“A multi-fold mobile device with a configurable interface is disclosed. When fully extended, the device may provide a panorama view, similar to widescreen televisions. When fully folded, the device may provide a small form factor with an abbreviated view similar to cellular telephones. In addition, the user interface (UI) displayed on the device may change based on the folding configuration of the device. Thus, based on a current folding configuration of the device, the UI may be a panorama UI, a desktop UI, an application UI, a web browser UI, an alarm clock UI, a media player UI, or some other UI.“
It is not clear if Qualcomm is planning a foray into consumer electronics manufacturing or if this is simply a generic patent for the technology. What do you think?