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RumorTT: Pegatron, Foxconn reportedly begin assembly of next-gen iPad

RumorTT: Next-gen iPad begins assembly at Foxconn and Pegatron

By Anthony Garreffa on Jan 12, 2012 at 04:25 am CST - 1 min, 21 secs reading time

Macotakara, a Japanese blog, reports that Apple's contract manufacturers, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology, have both been issued orders to start assembly of next-generation iPads, set for an early-March launch. This comes after reports from an iLounge story where editor Jeremy Horwitz said he had hands-on experience with a next-gen iPad prototype.

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Horwitz said:

The new iPad's body is so slightly thicker than the iPad 2 that the change is unnoticeable on first inspection; a roughly 1mm increase will barely be perceptible to users. We've heard that the only accessories that might have issues are cases, and then, only cases that were precisely contoured to fit the iPad 2's back. [...] Switch, button, speaker, and other elements located on the side edges are all the same, as are the headphone and Dock Connector ports. In other words, last year's accessories should generally work properly with the new model, which is great.

Macotakara also reported that Sharp would provide panels for the next-gen iPad, and it will sport the 2048x1536-pixel resolution. Super, super sweet. Macotakara also reported that Pegatron would account for nearly 85-percent of the iPad production, leaving Foxconn with 15-percent. This is similar to how the split went with iPhone 4S manufacturing.

If a next-gen iPad launches, I'm confident it will be an iPad 2S. Considering it's just internal changes, I can't see Apple making it "iPad 3". I think they'll leave that for a huge change in the tablet, and launch that later this year to combat tablets like the upcoming refreshed ASUS Transformer Prime (sporting the 1920x1200 display), and any future Samsung-based device.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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