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AT&T and Verizon are likely working to boost demand for their ultra-fast LTE networks by offering a new 4G-enabled iPad

As the introduction of the iPad 3 nears, it's iPad-mania as usual. Many are wondering what the new device will feature and what's next in the Apple line of gadgets. The Wall Street Journal has now answered both of those questions, reporting that the iPad 3 will run on 4G networks and that Apple is currently working on an iPad with a smaller screen.

It has been confirmed that AT&T and Verizon Wireless will both sell a version of the iPad 3 that has 4G capabilities. Both AT&T and Verizon are currently the only two carriers who sell the iPad.

At this point, it's uncertain if other carriers like Sprint Nextel Corp. or T-Mobile USA will also sell the new iPad.

AT&T and Verizon are likely working to boost demand for their ultra-fast LTE networks by offering a new 4G-enabled iPad. Carriers typically prefer that customers use LTE networks because they're 50 percent more efficient than 3G networks, according to Verizon. The latest LTE networks are just capable of handling data traffic more easily than 3G networks.

Verizon's LTE network covers approximately 200 million people while AT&T's LTE network covered 74 million people at the end of 2011. AT&T is working to cover 80 percent of the population in 2013.

The iPad 3 will test both carriers' LTE networks come March, as Apple plans to introduce the new gadget at an event during the first week of next month.

In addition to new iPad 3 features trickling into the news, Apple has some other iPad-related plans up its sleeve. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on creating an iPad with a smaller screen.

The iPad and iPad 2 both rocked a 9.7-inch screen. While the iPad 2 was about 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than the original, the screen size remained the same. This was likely because former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once said that the 9.7-inch screen was the smallest possible size required to house top-of-the-line apps.

However, other tablet makers have proved otherwise. For instance, Samsung sells its Galaxy Tab in three different screen sizes, including 7 inches, 8.9 inches and 10.1 inches. Also, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet has a 7-inch screen and has become one of the most popular tablets on the market (likely because of the $199 price tag, but the ultra-portable 7-inch feature hasn't generated any criticism either).

With competitors making smaller-screen options for customers, it appears Apple may be working to do the same. The tech giant is currently collaborating with component suppliers in Asia to test an 8-inch iPad.

For now, many reports are saying that the iPad 3 will have the same 9.7-inch screen as the previous two, but an 8-inch version could make an appearance later on. A smaller iPad could potentially make the device a bit more affordable and competitive with the likes of the $199 Kindle Fire, making the purchase of an iPad a more attainable effort.

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, The Wall Street Journal



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Rolling over in his grave...
By The Raven on 2/14/2012 11:28:22 AM , Rating: 2
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/10/tablets-ste...

Steve is rolling over in his grave right now. If 7"ers are DOA what is an 8"? On life support?

IMHO Steve was dead wrong about 7"ers. I am also going to say the same about the 8"ers too since I think consumer choice is not only what is important but what dictates where we will go in the future. As much as Steve was right about some things while dictating his top-down plans, he obviously was not right about everything and thank heaven. Let there be choice! Kudos for Apple.




RE: Rolling over in his grave...
By PrinceGaz on 2/14/2012 11:47:14 AM , Rating: 2
Personally I'm very happy with the existing 3.5" Apple tablet, aka the iPod touch. A slightly larger screen would be nice but definitely nowhere near as big as the 10" version which is the only other option currently available from Apple.

Something in between makes sense, like 7-8" if you don't want to lug around a 10" sized device, and 5" or so if you want a slightly larger screen than that of the iTouch that can still fit in a jacket pocket. Apple should fill those gaps in its range asap before someone else does (excluding those who already have).


RE: Rolling over in his grave...
By PrinceGaz on 2/14/2012 11:47:22 AM , Rating: 2
Personally I'm very happy with the existing 3.5" Apple tablet, aka the iPod touch. A slightly larger screen would be nice but definitely nowhere near as big as the 10" version which is the only other option currently available from Apple.

Something in between makes sense, like 7-8" if you don't want to lug around a 10" sized device, and 5" or so if you want a slightly larger screen than that of the iTouch that can still fit in a jacket pocket. Apple should fill those gaps in its range asap before someone else does (excluding those who already have).


RE: Rolling over in his grave...
By PrinceGaz on 2/14/2012 11:48:33 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry for the double post, there should be a delete option here.


RE: Rolling over in his grave...
By Solandri on 2/14/2012 12:10:05 PM , Rating: 3
It's been ~30 years since Usenet and BBSes showed up, and nearly 20 years since the first web forums were made. You would think someone would've come up with a script which searches for the previous post from a user, compares it to the newly submitted post, and if it's identical rejects it for being a dupe.

Hey! Maybe I should patent that. =p


By geddarkstorm on 2/14/2012 12:59:42 PM , Rating: 2
Are you ready to be a billionaire?


RE: Rolling over in his grave...
By theapparition on 2/14/2012 1:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the forums I'm on will do exactly that. It will block posts in quick succession (for both user double click error and spam bots) and will also block identical posts from a user to the same forum for X period of time.

DailyTech is the only quasi forum I use that doesn't use the same vBulletin software everyone else does :(


RE: Rolling over in his grave...
By Mitch101 on 2/14/2012 1:47:46 PM , Rating: 2
Craigslist prevents dupes.

My request is still for a e-mail when someone responds to certain posts.


RE: Rolling over in his grave...
By CZroe on 2/15/2012 7:41:13 AM , Rating: 2
Other than his comments touting 9.x" as "perfect" and "smallest possible," I don't think he attacked 7-inchers directly. He did say that 5" was too small back when Dell and others were announcing them.


Kindle Commercial Brilliance.
By Mitch101 on 2/14/2012 10:50:41 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
. A smaller iPad could potentially make the device a bit more affordable and competitive with the likes of the $199 Kindle Fire, making the purchase of an iPad a more attainable effort.
I just dont see Apple selling a cheap enough tablet. I suspect a 8" iPad would be $350.00 or more still.

The kindle commercial is pretty brilliant buy your entire family kidles for less than the cost of a single iPad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sulfQHdvyEs




RE: Kindle Commercial Brilliance.
By Mitch101 on 2/14/2012 10:59:06 AM , Rating: 3
Microsoft announced that the Windows 8 tablets will ship with Microsoft Office apps. We have iPads in the corporate space and the biggest request is for Microsoft Office. They are looking at Citrix access on the iPad to complete the request. What a mess that will be.

Windows 8 tablet will be the tablet corporations have been waiting for.


RE: Kindle Commercial Brilliance.
By testerguy on 2/14/2012 11:04:42 AM , Rating: 1
http://mashable.com/2012/01/05/microsoft-office-ip...

Still not quite as good as having it installed natively (due to not being able to open attachments from emails directly, or requiring internet)... but probably good enough for most corporations.

Certainly better than any Citrix implementation.


By TakinYourPoints on 2/14/2012 6:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft is also making Office for the iPad, supposed to be out this year. I don't expect it to be as good as the one for Windows 8, but it should still be good in any case. All of the iOS apps Microsoft has made that I've installed so far have been excellent.


RE: Kindle Commercial Brilliance.
By RU482 on 2/14/2012 6:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad MS has is requiring 1366x768 for Win8 tablets. Kinda kills the party for sub 12.1" screens


RE: Kindle Commercial Brilliance.
By Pirks on 2/14/2012 8:22:56 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Too bad MS has is requiring 1366x768 for Win8 tablets
Too bad you're an idiot. This is their MINIMUM requirement. Read this: http://www.withinwindows.com/2012/01/16/windows-8-...


RE: Kindle Commercial Brilliance.
By Pirks on 2/14/2012 8:30:45 PM , Rating: 1
Oh shit, now I look like an idiot :))) Where's the damn delete post button??!!!

Still, claiming that minimum resolution of 1366x768 is killing 7"-8" screens is kinda dumb. Why would it kill such screens? It think sub 12" screens are pretty much fine with that.

So still disagreeing with RU482


soon to follow...
By anactoraaron on 2/14/2012 10:25:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The tech giant is currently collaborating with component suppliers in Asia to test an 8-inch iPad.


and soon to follow upon the 8 inch iPad's release is the lawsuits from Apple seeking to ban all 7-8 inch Android tablets.

I think the Apple 'patent' for it will read something like this: "somewhat rectangular touch device slightly smaller than standard size." Is that a good enough patent Germany? Or do we need to include 'bezel' and 'minimalist design?'




RE: soon to follow...
By Tyr0ne on 2/14/2012 10:36:21 AM , Rating: 2
Only time will tell. Let's watch and see.


RE: soon to follow...
By Commodus on 2/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: soon to follow...
By Mitch101 on 2/14/2012 10:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
But thats what Apple does between releases of products.

Whats going to be interesting is iTV which is owned by another company other than Apple already threatening Apple with a lawsuit if they continue with the name.


RE: soon to follow...
By testerguy on 2/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: soon to follow...
By nafhan on 2/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: soon to follow...
By testerguy on 2/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: soon to follow...
By Solandri on 2/14/2012 12:34:14 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, if you compare the two Samsung tablets:
http://www.mobile88.com/gen/news/articles/2011/11/...

I think most reasonable people would conclude that the German judge realized his decision to grant the initial ban was erroneous. But he didn't want to admit it, and refusing to ban the 10.1n was his way of saving face. There is practically no difference, certainly not enough to offer any guidelines as to what is or isn't acceptably close to Apple's design patent.


RE: soon to follow...
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/14/2012 12:46:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, reasonable people, some of the people on here defending Apple, are not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination.


RE: soon to follow...
By StormyKnight on 2/14/2012 11:23:33 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
The German Judge ruled that the Galaxy Tab was, overall, too similar to the iPad, in countless ways.

Define 'countless'. Is it more than 10? Less than 100? What?


8" iPads......
By GGA1759 on 2/14/2012 12:11:21 PM , Rating: 4
for those less than heavy flow days.




8 inch version
By Nortel on 2/14/2012 1:38:38 PM , Rating: 2
There will not be a 7 or 8 inch version. Reasoning? This is the first product Apple is releasing post Steve Jobs. Steve was very much against this size iPad and Apple would not make the first product out of the gate directly against Steve's wishes.

Not to mention how a 7 inch tablet is a very unneeded gap between an itouch and ipad.




Hopefully Samsung sues
By thomp237 on 2/14/2012 1:42:47 PM , Rating: 2
So if every 10"ish tablet is an iPad rip off, what will Apple say when they release a 7-8" tablet that looks remarkably like the Samsung 7" tab or the Kindle or the Nook. I am sure they will figure out some way to spin it so it looks like it was their idea all along.




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