Take that, Google: A new report suggests “second-grade” touchscreen panels rejected by Apple for the iPad 2 are making their way into “Chinese ‘white-box’ iPad clones” used for cheaper Android tablets.
Never mind the fact that the iPad 2 hasn’t even left the launch pad yet (pun intended) -- the rumor mill is already moving on to the iPhone 5, which could replace the glass back with aluminum as well as feature a redesigned antenna to put the “death grip” to rest once and for all.
If a Chinese case manufacturer is to be believed, Apple’s next iPad may come with quite a few new ports and functionality -- including both front and rear cameras, an SD card slot and even a port that appears to accept a mini DisplayPort cable.
With a new rumor circulating that the iPad 2 may be announced as early as January, speculation has begun on what the refresh will bring. According to a Chinese newspaper, Apple may focus on five specific areas for the new model.
You’ve gotta love the Chinese knock-off market: After one company’s attempt to threaten Apple with stealing their tablet idea for the iPad failed, they turned right around and ripped off Cupertino instead.
After more than a year of training, Apple’s star duo is ready for the Beijing Olympics. The 2.0 Software Update finally brings support for Chinese input to the iPhone and iPod Touch, just in time for next month’s opening ceremonies.