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iPad 2 may have EVDO and HSPA models, arrive in March

updated 08:05 am EST, Tue December 28, 2010

iPad 2 EVDO and HSPA models said coming

Apple will have three separate versions of the next iPad and may ship earlier than expected, part suppliers said on Tuesday. The tablet should still have a pure Wi-Fi version but will serve 3G with both a regular HSPA version and an EVDO model for carriers like Verizon. The 3G versions have been unusually popular, at 60 to 65 percent of shipments, according to Digitimes, and the extra wireless support would help fill demand.

The 3G push is corroborated by a slew of subsidized carrier plans that have been rolled out in recent months. Many cut the price of the iPad by half or less on a contract, and in some cases give it away for free.

Along with the known design change and extra wireless support, Apple is also reportedly taking steps to draw in Kindle buyers with changes to the screen. The display would get both an improved oleophobic (oil-resistant) screen to further reduce smudging as well as a more glare-resistant treatment to make it more suitable to the outdoors. A clue as to the anti-glare panel may have come with the new MacBook Air, whose display is still glossy but noticeably less reflective than on earlier MacBooks.

Apple might also be eager to move up the ship date beyond the original April target. Production shipments would start heading out as soon as late January, not the previously suggested February, and would see a small initial batch of 500,000 to 530,000 units arrive, 30 percent of which would be Wi-Fi, 40 percent HSPA and 30 percent EVDO. More shipments would continue right up to the release date, which could now include a March release date if Apple doesn't have to push it back to a previously cited April target.

The release would be ambitious and could see Apple deliver as many as 40 million iPads in 2011, possibly getting as much as 65 percent to 75 percent of the market worldwide. Such a ratio would be higher than expected by analysts, as many of them expect Android 3.0 to give Google's partners a much stronger platform.







by MacNN Staff

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  1. jstephe

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Have 3G but don't use it.

    I have a 3G iPad but have never used the 3G, I ordered it when the listing on Apples site stated Rogers in Canada would have a plan that would let me share my 6GB iPhone data plan with my iPad for $20 a month then they reneged. I have since purchased 2 more iPads (Christmas presents) both WiFi only.

    I would love to use the the 3G but not for another $40+ a month.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Aha!

    Well, I didn't believe all those other rumors, but since the new rumors obviously confirm the old rumors, then all the rumors must be true!

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    3G version not just for the 3G...

    The 3G version is also the only version that includes GPS.

    Try to find a color, touchscreen GPS with the same screen size that also plays music, audible audio books, and video ... email, web, slingbox app, games.... at anywhere near the same price point.. ... ... hmmm .... Ok, find a color, touchscreen GPS with the same screen size that even plays music at the same price point...

    No one *needs* to pay for the 3G service just because they bought the 3G iPad, and I suspect most don't.

    The GPS is the point of the 3G iPad for many of the people buying it.

    The iPad 3G in an otterbox case and a navigation app is a "good thing".

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