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iPad 2 sparks redesigns, TouchPad 2 going to notebook group

updated 10:35 pm EST, Mon March 7, 2011

HP and others redesign tablets, PCs in iPad 2 wake

The iPad 2 has triggered a minor panic among PC and tablet makers, including a possible HP change in strategy for the future TouchPad, insiders said late Monday. A number of notebook designers, including Acer, ASUS, and HP, have reportedly looked at adding tablet features into what were going to be conventional designs. Digitimes cited the example of a 10-inch Eee Pad's USB keyboard as an example of what sort of Changes might take place.

HP's approach would be in the reverse direction, according to the tips: the company would supposedly be transferring the development of the next TouchPad to its notebook division rather than rely on the former Palm team. The reasons weren't clear, but the company was already in the early planning stages and setting the product direction.

A switch wouldn't preclude the involvement of the former Palm team but would suggest that most of their involvement to webOS rather than the complete design, as they had in the past.

Regardless of HP's plans, other companies making dedicated tablets were also said to be planning urgent redesigns of their own. Two to three companies were postponing their tablets to rework them and compete more effectively with the upgraded iPad. In some cases, hardware was being moved back one to two months, while others might be canceled altogether, a second round of insiders claimed.

Others were also concerned that the price cut on outgoing iPads to $399 has made it impossible to offer a similar model at what Apple was charging. It's not known if they understood that the older models were on clearance and wouldn't be available permanently.

Sudden redesigns have been a recurring theme since the iPad 2 was introduced last week. Samsung stopped short of planning a redesign but admitted there were parts of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that were "inadequate" and hinted it would keep the price of the Android 3.0 slate in check instead of trying to charge a premium for what was no longer a superior competitor.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I guess this is what the deluded Android fanbois

    consider Apple running scared of all the Android tablet competition. Apple announces a product, selects a date and ships it, regardless of what another company may do. Of course, Apple usually has all the control and besides, once Apple has started a product in motion, there's sure isn't going to be anything to stop it short of some catastropic component failures. I can only imagine how bad it would be if a product was completely canceled with no hope for a redesign.

    The iPad is amazingly thin and it's going to get to a point where smaller companies can't possibly get the materials or machines that can handle that sort of unibody design. I had thought the iPhone would have undergone unibody design, but then that glass design mess took place. Apple might have used the glass to make the design unique, but I'm not sure it panned out the way they expected it to.

    I honestly don't understand the pundits looking at the iPad 2 design and saying, "Oh, it's no big deal and just a insignificant upgrade." Five years ago, something like the iPad 2 would have only been feasible for some aerospace project and certainly not a consumer item. Some of these tech-heads just don't get it. You feel you've got a display in your hand and nothing else, but there's a darn powerful computer in it. I think these pundits are totally jaded and just can't appreciate good engineering. The consumer may not fully grasp it, but I'm sure they they'll be able to sense the craftsmanship of the iPad 2.

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  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Publish what you know

    possible, reportedly, were going to be, might take place, supposedly, weren't clear, would suggest, were also said, might be, claimed, it's not know if.

    And that last paragraph makes no sense whatsoever.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I am sure if iPad 2 wasn't announced until Septemb

    HP would have delayed its stuff even more.

  1. 001

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Be not afraid

    If Apple's competition doesn't start producing now, they never will. I'm at a loss here, they've spent the last nine months (in some cases a year) designing against the iPad1; did they really think that was all Apple had in them? Then "suddenly", blam, Apple drops a new version and the competition wilts. If they keep going back to the drawing board they'll never make it out of the gate. There's no way in h*** anyone can whip out a new product to take on Apple in a single swoop, they'll have to incrementally earn it—in order to do so they'll have to actually start releasing. The Xoom may suck for now, but at least it's out and Moto can start learning from it.

    I really don't understand HP's decision to hand tablet development over to their notebook division. What are the advantages in that? Bigger, fatter, heavier tablets, maybe?

  1. tortenteufel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple in control..

    "I can only imagine how bad it would be if a product was completely canceled with no hope for a redesign."

    Remember Newton?

    Although Ipad may be the reincarnation of Newton, it took them a long time to get there.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPad is ahead of the game

    This is Newton with a vengeance. iPad sends serious ripple throughout portable PC industries. To compete, they will have to make it thinner than 8.8mm, adding cameras, and throwing in some bonus like Titanium can-opener built-in (v.s Flash... ha ha ha). Sorry, adding 2GB of RAM doesn't do it.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Heck, add 64GB of RAM and whatever else

    Still would be just like a d****, not the real thing.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yeah, right

    I'm sorry, but what exciting and new features did the iPad 2 bring out that wasn't already anticipated months ago? It's got two cameras! Who would guess that Apple would add two cameras! Wait! It's also lighter and thinner! I'm shocked. Apple came out with a v2 device that's lighter and thinner than the previous model. That is so different than what they've done with the iPod touch and iPhone, where they just keep making them heavier and thicker!

    The only 'new' features that weren't chatted about since last year was the HDMI out and the magnetic smart cover thing. Neither of which can be enough to make a device maker go "Oh c***! We need to redesign, now!" (unless your only hope for sales are to people going "Yeah, I like it, but can I put some cover on the front that will snap into place?" (and still not getting the covers, since one would think you'd want an actual case/protector for the thing, in case you drop it - but maybe people only drop their iPhones).

    So, the only ones going back for redesigns are idiots who aren't paying attention.

  1. bazaarsoft

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HP, um, DUH

    "the company would supposedly be transferring the development of the next TouchPad to its notebook division"

    Because, you know, separating the software from the hardware teams is working so well for the competition. Just shows how completely clueless HP is about how this market is evolving. Palm was (arguably) the most competent challenger to Apple precisely because they designed the hardware and software together. I was really hoping that HP would just leave them alone but like any large company that's stuck in the past they couldn't help but fall back into their old ways. See Nokia's recent movement for another example.

    Bye bye WebOS, we barely knew ye!

  1. CmdrGampu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "Outgoing iPads"

    Too bad. Apple should do with the original iPad what they did with the Macbook and iPhone. That is, turn the previous generation low-end device into an even lower-cost machine for people who don't need all the current bells and whistles. Most people will want the current model so iPad 2 sales wouldn't suffer, but keeping the older model at a low price, say $399 for 16GB, would have the competition tearing their hair out. All the manufacturing expertise, R&D and tooling is already there, so why not?

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