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iPad 2 Rumored to be in Production

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the milling-away dept.

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Stoobalou writes "The normally sober and sometimes accurate Wall Street Journal is claiming that Apple's iPad 2 is currently in production. Foxconn might be producing a limited number of prototype samples of the Second Coming of the iPad but we're pretty sure full production won't start until Steve Jobs (or whoever will be donning the black turtleneck in his sickly stead) strides onto the stage at the official launch keynote."

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/. News Network (2, Insightful)

Even on Slashdot FOE (1870208) | more than 3 years ago | (#35150978)

A company well known for releasing new models of its products will release a new model of one of its newest products! Gasp!

Also, will it have video-out capability yet? Or possibly video-in so I can use it to pretend I have a portable DVD player?

Re:/. News Network (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151108)

A company well known for releasing new models of its products will release a new model of one of its newest products! Gasp!

A company notorious about being tightlipped on new stuff in development can't trust their Chinese partner company and gets scooped by the Grey Lady.

It's slashdot news-worthy.

Re:/. News Network (4, Informative)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151316)

A company well known for releasing new models of its products will release a new model of one of its newest products! Gasp!

A company notorious about being tightlipped on new stuff in development can't trust their Chinese partner company and gets scooped by the Grey Lady.

It's slashdot news-worthy.

The Gray Lady [wikipedia.org] typically refers to the New York Times. The Wall Street Journal is the Gray Lady's psychotic older sister.

No DVD (4, Insightful)

crow (16139) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151114)

It is very unlikely that Apple would do anything to make it easy to put a DVD on the iPad. They want you to obtain content like that through the iTunes store. Anything they can do to help kill physical media is good for Apple.

Re:No DVD (1)

riegel (980896) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151304)

Anything they can do to help kill physical media is good for Apple.

And is good for me also. Files are so much better than physical media. IMHO.

Re:No DVD (1)

DrXym (126579) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151426)

Files are fine assuming you can transfer them around and play them on any device you own regardless of a) where you purchased it, b) without registering the device, c) without caring who manufactured the player. Which rules out any video purchased on iTunes and most other stores for that matter. The best solution at the moment is to rip content.

Re:No DVD (1, Insightful)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151442)

Well except for those 100+ DVD's sitting under your TV that you now have to repurchase from iTunes?

Re:No DVD (1)

LoP_XTC (312463) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151552)

Simple ... Handbrake and convert from DVD to iTunes friendly format. Ive done this and its great since I can use the Apple TV we got as a gift to stream the content to any TV in the house that its hooked up to.

Re:No DVD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151642)

TV?

Was that the delivery mechanism for passive media consumption popular in the late 20th Century?

Re:No DVD (1)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151500)

It is very unlikely that Apple would do anything to make it easy to put a DVD on the iPad. They want you to obtain content like that through the iTunes store. Anything they can do to help kill physical media is good for Apple.

Anything they can do to help kill physical media is good for everyone.

Re:No DVD (-1)

initdeep (1073290) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151594)

until that purchased contents DRM system is deprecated and you're left with a bunch of useless files you can no longer play.

or worse yet, your wonderful files are only viable to be played on one device which is no longer manufactured or available because the company "moved on" and you have this fancy new player that you would LOVE to use, however it doesn't support your old files DRM so you get to rebuy them all over again.
YAY!

Remember, the studios say they aren't selling you a copy of the media, they are selling you a license to play that media in a very specific way.

Re:No DVD (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151724)

People are legitimately concerned that a particular store/DRM regime may disappear one day, which is why Amazon UnBox, iTunes and the various MS marketplaces offer terms for rental :) Don't have to worry about DRM expiring when you only have the movie for 3 days.

If you want to OWN a movie, to be able to watch it on demand, without Internet or company interference, your only option remains ordering the disk. Sorry, that's the best the technology can offer, assuming we exclude the plainly illegit methods, like torrents.

Re:No DVD (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152024)

it's not the best "technology" has to offer. It's the business "business" and "the law" want to offer us for now. It isn't hard to imagine a standardized, normalized, maybe even syndicate- or government-run DRM scheme that would free us from being beholden to a single company.

Re:No DVD (1)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151828)

My DVDs can burn in a fire, they can grow fungus, get scratched. DVDs may eventually go the way of the Dodo and manufacturing may cease, eventually my dvd player breaks down and there is no way to play that back.

Yes, all extreme cases, just as extreme as the ones you list.

For one, there are rentals (yay netflix streaming, die dvd rentals!)

But in the long run, it just takes looking at the digital music market to predict what will happen in the long term. These DRMs will eventually be depreciated, stores like iTunes will continue to support old DRMs but only sell DRM free content. It will take a few years, though, because it wont happen until movie digital sales are as commonplace as digital music sales were a couple years ago.

Re:No DVD (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152052)

My DVDs can burn in a fire

Most people have insurance against that. Does anyone even offer insurance against your DRM scheme going belly up? (I can't really see how they could given the massive systemic risk)

they can grow fungus, get scratched.

Some of us take care of our possesions. Ok scratches may be an issue for a few of the most frequently used discs but they shouldn't be a threat to your entire collection in the way a DRM scheme going belly up is.

But in the long run, it just takes looking at the digital music market to predict what will happen in the long term. These DRMs will eventually be depreciated, stores like iTunes will continue to support old DRMs but only sell DRM free content. It will take a few years, though, because it wont happen until movie digital sales are as commonplace as digital music sales were a couple years ago.

I hope you are right but fear you are wrong. Afaict the music industry only relented on DRM because they were fed up with apple having a two product lockin (you couldn't use your ipod with DRM music purchased from anywhere other than itunes and you couldn't easilly use your itunes music on a non-apple portable player).

The movie industry OTOH seems to be all for tightening up on protection. Afaict movies have never been sold in the west in any significant numbers (there was videocd but I have never seen a legit videocd for sale) in an unprotected digital format. Yes the DVD protection is thoughrougly cracked but they are still using it to bring the legal hammer on anyone who sells DVD copying software commercially and they really stepped up the protection for blu-ray.

Re:No DVD (1)

obarthelemy (160321) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151980)

No it's not: you become beholden to your DRM certificates' provider. What happens when you want to use non-Apple hardware/software 10 years from now ? or even next year ?

Re:No DVD (1)

immaterial (1520413) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151524)

This logic would have them now allowing iTunes to rip CDs either, which if clearly not the case. Perhaps the reason Apple hasn't built in the ability to rip DVDs (which would only help sell their ecosystem) is because it is illegal under the DMCA?

Re:No DVD (3, Insightful)

Arkham (10779) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151610)

Actually it's quite easy to get a DVD movie onto an iPad.

1) Most movies come with "Digital Copy" now. Put the code in iTunes, and you are done.
2) For the ones that don't there's always Handbrake [handbrake.fr], which has presets for it and makes it trivial to convert in a few minutes. Once it's done, drag to iTunes and sync.

Re:No DVD (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35152046)

I ripped all of my DVDs onto iTunes and I easily sync them up to my iPad. I'm not sure your point has merit. I've got King Kong, Ikuru, and 40 Year-Old Virgin (a terrific, Slashdot-inspired documentary BTW) on there right now. The parent post is equally without merit, since Apple and all manner of 3rd party suppliers sell video out cables for both iPhone and iPad. Last time I went back to CT, I played Matrix on my mother's TV for her straight from my iPhone with this: Apple Composite AV Cable [apple.com]

Re:No DVD (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152412)

The problem is that it's not entirely legal in the US to format-shift the content you bought leased which is protected with any sort of encryption code (even if it's ROT-13) according to the DMCA. For the rest, QuickTime allows you to convert other digital media with nice presets for AppleTV, iPod Touch etc.

Re:/. News Network (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151382)

Also, will it have video-out capability yet? Or possibly video-in so I can use it to pretend I have a portable DVD player?

The very idea is heretical: A video-out capability would imply the existence of screens more perfect than the one Apple sees fit to include.

A video-in capability would imply the existence of things worth seeing that are not already in the app store.

Absurd to reason and dangerous to faith.

Re:/. News Network (4, Informative)

utahjazz (177190) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151728)

The iPad 1 already has video-out: http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC552ZM/A [apple.com]

It only works with certain apps, but you definitely can do presentations and such on a 50" screen, from your iPad.

Re:/. News Network (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151926)

That's so nice of Apple- giving us the luxury of a proprietary analog video-only cable that only works with iDevices for only $29, while the the competition allows me to use mini-HDMI to output digital HD video and 7.1 audio via $5 cable.

And people wonder why I don't buy Apple products...

Can also do AirPlay (2)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152030)

You can do HD video out via AirPlay. There are open AirPlay servers for any computer, or you can use an AppleTV.

Re:/. News Network (1)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151480)

Also, will it have video-out capability yet? Or possibly video-in so I can use it to pretend I have a portable DVD player?

Get yourself Air Video [youtube.com], better than a video-in cable. It's one of those apps I can't live without.

Hopefully they will add AirPlay support once iOS 4.3 is out and allow for over the air video out, too. In the meantime, you can get video out cables [amazon.com] that plug in the one port. Why get more ports when one port can do it all? :P

Re:/. News Network (4, Informative)

thechink (182419) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151494)

The iPad 1 already has video out. You just had to buy the necessary adapter [apple.com]. You could also use AirPlay.

Re:/. News Network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35152138)

Try reading the reviews on the product you linked. It only works for some apps, apparently not including movies downloaded through the app store.

Re:/. News Network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151504)

Since when is AirPlay not video out?

Wait, you want video out to mean connecting a dedicated cable, rather than using a modern, 21st century home digital network?

Do you also miss the CDROM on your MacBook Air, and 8 track on your Nissan Leaf?

Re:/. News Network (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151732)

You might be missing the point. Say he went to a hotel for a stay and wanted to watch something on his iPaid on the TV in the room without paying some silly $10 charge. Connect the cable and watch. Where is that modern, 21st century home digital network with the TV allowing you to use wireless to connect? Hint: It isn't there in the hotel.

News flash! (1)

Glock27 (446276) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151026)

Companies will often make many copies of a product before officially announcing it, so demand may be met after the announcement.

Given the extreme demand for Apple's excellent products in general, and the iPad in particular, it seems only plausible that production has already started.

Not a 2 (1)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151032)

I wish people would stop calling it the iPad 2. Does Apple make a MacBook 2? An iMac 2? iPod touch 2? No, Apple generally doesn't number its products. It will probably be known as the 2011 iPad or informally as the iPad 2G (if you follow the iPod touch examples).

Re:Not a 2 (1)

MikeDataLink (536925) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151056)

No... and Apple never made an iPhone 3 or iPhone 4 either. Oh.. Wait. They did.

Re:Not a 2 (5, Insightful)

Glock27 (446276) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151104)

Actually the iPhone models were:

  • iPhone
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4

So, Apple has been all over the place with its naming "conventions".

Re:Not a 2 (1)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151298)

The iPhone is one product of Apple that's more the exception to the rest of their lineups. They don't label their desktop PCs, laptops, iPods, mice, displays, routers, nor servers in such a fashion.

Re:Not a 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151856)

That's because their laptops, desktops, router, etc. Use a total replacement life-cycle. That is when they release the new model they stop selling the old model. With the iPhone and iPod touch however they have been having some overlap between generations. They sell some models of the iPhone 3Gs even though the iPhone 4 is out for example.

The iPad may follow either life-cycle. So it's not obvious if they will release an iPad V (the V is for video) or just update the iPad product line to include new better specs

Re:Not a 2 (1)

man_of_mr_e (217855) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151156)

Technically, it was the iPhone 3G, and 3GS. The iPhone 3G was actually the 2nd generation, and the 3GS was the 3rd. Thus, the iPhone 4 which is the 4th generation (but still 3G)

Re:Not a 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151208)

They did market the iPhone as iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4, but if you notice Apple never puts that designation on the phone itself. They all just say iPhone and up until the 4, the capacity of the flash drive.

Re:Not a 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151064)

Ahh yes, because calling it by something with which everyone in the world know what you mean is SUCH a bad idea.

Re:Not a 2 (1)

getNewNickName (980625) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151126)

No one knows exactly how Apple will name the product until it's released, so calling it iPad 2 is a convenient way to refer to the next revision.

Re:Not a 2 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151202)

I wish people would stop calling it the iPad 2. Does Apple make a MacBook 2? An iMac 2? iPod touch 2? No, Apple generally doesn't number its products. It will probably be known as the 2011 iPad or informally as the iPad 2G (if you follow the iPod touch example

And you're saying this, while this huge headline [apple.com] is on Apple.com's front page.

Re:Not a 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151462)

http://www.apple.com/iphone4 [apple.com] brings me to Page Not Found

Apple called it the 4 to differentiate it from the 3G and 3GS at the time, but now they only carry the 4. So ergo it's generally referred to as the iPhone.

Re:Not a 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151590)

No, Apple still offers the 3GS.

Re:Not a 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151556)

I wish people would stop calling it the iPad 2. Does Apple make a MacBook 2? An iMac 2? iPod touch 2? No, Apple generally doesn't number its products. It will probably be known as the 2011 iPad or informally as the iPad 2G (if you follow the iPod touch examples).

And here in the hoary, unwashed plebeian netherworld of "the rest of humanity outside of Apple's marketing department and the diehard Macheads in a mental state of rapture because their shiny art-designed toys are popular for the first time in decades", we don't particularly care. I know, I know, it's hard to imagine a world outside of the warm, loving embrace of The Almighty Steve (He Whose Name Mere Mortals Are Not Fit To Speak But Not For His Grace), but out here, we. Just. Don't. Care.

Re:Not a 2 (2)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151608)

I wish people would stop calling it the iPad 2. Does Apple make a MacBook 2? An iMac 2? iPod touch 2? No, Apple generally doesn't number its products. It will probably be known as the 2011 iPad or informally as the iPad 2G (if you follow the iPod touch examples).

Hmm, you realize they call the iPod Touch line "iPod Touch (Xth Generation)" with the X replaced by the version number?

Sure they don't put it in THEIR website, but every website and every keynote and every communication calls it Xth Generation. I hope they do give it a descriptive name, I recall one ALMOST accidentally buying a 2nd Gen iPod Touch because it was listed as the cheapest option among the 3rd Gen in their store. I luckily noticed the extremely weaker specs before I went for it.

I sort of wish they changed the numbering, though, for iPhones too, and started calling them with years. iPhone '11, iPod '11, iPad '11, etc. Would be much easier to tie up hardware specs across the lines (and they tend to be almost the same.)

On that note, I am going to predict the future:

Soon Apple will announce the iPad 2nd Gen, and announce it's specs. They will likely lower the price of the cheapest 1st Gen iPads and sell them as budget units (and humiliating Motorola's Xoom with it's $799 price tag.)

This summer Apple will release the iPhone 5, and announce very similar specs to those in the iPad 2nd Gen.

This October Apple will release the iPod Touch 5th Generation, it will be an iPhone 5 without cell coverage, earpiece and perhaps not camera flash either.

Re:Not a 2 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35152040)

Well that's interesting.

Here's my prediction - Apple will continue selling sub-rate merchandise to idiots who have all the technical expertise of a small potato - people like you.

Also, Steve Jobs will croak pretty soon. That will be a great day for people who like freedom viz a viz the internet and don't so much like murdoch etc.

Re:Not a 2 (1)

ifrag (984323) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151646)

Does Apple make a MacBook 2?

If only... it would be easier to track down information when needed if Apple did have some kind of basic numbering. Or even somewhat non-intuitive number like NVidia, but at least something to point at and say "it's laptop version such-and-such" rather than trying to remember exactly what year it was purchased.

Can I get a job at Foxconn? (1, Informative)

rshxd (1875730) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151044)

I promise I won't jump off the roof. The way the economy is and the price that Apple sells their products for, these could easily be made in America.

Please have a real stylus. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151066)

That would be so fantastic! I would never need to buy a notebook again!

Re:Please have a real stylus. (1)

uprise78 (1256084) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151254)

fat chance. that would be totally against Apple's minimalist nature not to mention the iPad did pretty fine without one even though many said it needed one. just buy a Windows 7 Slate if you want a real stylus.

Re:Please have a real stylus. (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151268)

That would be so fantastic! I would never need to buy a notebook again!

How many years did it take Apple to release a mouse that allowed "Right-Click"? Jobs though multiple buttons on the mouse would be too confusing. CMD-Click is so much simpler.

The iPad will never have a stylus.

Re:Please have a real stylus. (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151636)

How many years did it take Apple to release a mouse that allowed "Right-Click"?

Apple Mighty Mouse came out in 2005.
But Mac OS 8 came out in 1997. Worked just fine with 2 button mice.

How many things in some Unix/Windows programs force you to right click to get to something? By making the least common denominator no right click, it forces UI designers to make a good design for someone who may not know how to right click.

Re:Not know how to right click (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151786)

Ya'know,

This might be the only piece of The Newbie Experience I have no patience making policy over. I have taught a couple of brand new users very successfully with the catchphrase "when in doubt, right click and see what shows up". It's like a treasure chest of goodies.

Re:Please have a real stylus. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151398)

Get a boxwave capacitive stylus. It gets great reviews for use on iPads.

Re:Please have a real stylus. (1)

mbourgon (186257) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151418)

There are several to be had on amazon. Depending on the stylus and software, it's pretty close to using a regular pencil on paper.

Re:Please have a real stylus. (1)

Cornelius the Great (555189) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152006)

A capacitive stylus is more like writing with a crayon than a pencil. If you look at these [amazon.com], you'll quickly notice that they're not much more precise than your finger (unless you have really fat hands).

Re:Please have a real stylus. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151424)

"I would never need to buy a notebook again!"

The key advantage of the notebook is ... a keyboard.

9 finger typing vs 2 finger typing.

What would a stylus fix?

Why wait? (1)

zill (1690130) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151138)

but we're pretty sure full production won't start until .. official launch keynote.

Why would they wait until the official launch to start full production? Don't they need to build up a significant stock by the shipping date?

Re:Why wait? (1)

Tharsman (1364603) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151630)

Only reason that comes to my mind is secrecy, but still does not sound realistic to me. Parts have been showing in some places so manufacturing, to some level, is already going on. Final assembly may be what finally got kick-started.

Re:Why wait? (1)

CityZen (464761) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152156)

Indeed, you are correct; they'd need to start "full" production about 3 months before launch in order to have sufficient inventory to ship for the expected demand. (These figures vary, of course, depending upon production rate and expected demand figures, but there needs to be a reasonable equilibrium there.)

WSJ = Apple re-setting expectations (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151146)

WSJ gets leaked info directly from Apple. Given the quotes in the video, it seems like they're trying to lower people's expectations. One (maybe, but not for-sure, two) cameras, same resolution, higher specs otherwise. Everybody expects higher specs, but also dual cameras, higher-DPI display, and for it to fart unicorns and be made of unobtanium mined from Pandora.

Me? Gimme facetime so the little one can call her grandparents. That alone will sell an amazing amount. But I'd really like higher-DPI. And possibly a 7".

Re:WSJ = Apple re-setting expectations (1)

WillAdams (45638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151244)

A 7" version at the same 1024 x 768 resolution would have higher pixels per inch --- so that would be one justification for the in-between size.

A smaller size would also compete nicely w/ the Kindle, Nook and Sony e-book readers (despite not being e-ink).

And if it had a stylus, would be the replacement for the Newton MessagePad which Steve Jobs promised when Apple absorbed Newton and killed it.

William

Two things: (1)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151484)

  1. They're not going to do a 7 inch version. Forget about it. I've got two 7" Android devices, and the screen is too small to be useful but the device is too large to stick in your pocket. Apple rarely reverses their design decisions. Look how long it took to get a mouse with a secondary click! (That was crazy, by the way)
  2. They're not going to do a stylus. One of the guiding design principles is that good design eliminates or minimizes moving parts. A stylus is a moving part. Forget about it.

Oh, and yes, I'm disappointed about the screen resolution. The iPad's screen is great, but the latest iPhone screen is better and having a 10" screen at the iPhone's pixel density would truly have been fantastic.

Re:WSJ = Apple re-setting expectations (1)

PapayaSF (721268) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151800)

Given the quotes in the video, it seems like they're trying to lower people's expectations.

Make an exception to Jobs' anti-leak beliefs in order to "reset the expectations" of techies, while risking the Osborne effect [wikipedia.org] and suppressing demand for the current iPad? No way, dude. It's got to be an unofficial leak.

I'd be more interested... (0)

AvderTheTerrible (1960234) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151162)

...if it was rumored to include the ability to run any app you want instead of just whats in apples store. I'd also appreciate a rumor that they're going to get a new marketing campaign, because that piano number at the start of their current commercials drives me crazy and makes me scramble for the mute button. But anyway, I'm rumored to be completely uninterested in an ipad anyway. I'd just appreciate some rumors that apple is going to be a little less evil every so often.

Normally sober ? (4, Funny)

mbone (558574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151176)

The normally sober and sometimes accurate Wall Street Journal

Must not read the editorial page much.

Re:Normally sober ? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151266)

The normally sober and sometimes accurate Wall Street Journal

Must not read the editorial page much.

You must not understand the editorial page.
And /. is something to swear by?

Re:Normally sober ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35152246)

The normally sober and sometimes accurate Wall Street Journal

Must not read the editorial page much.

You must not understand the editorial page.
And /. is something to swear by?

Understand? Easy. Make sense of? Not enough Koolaid in the world for that.

Re:Normally sober ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35152382)

The normally sober and sometimes accurate Wall Street Journal

Must not read the editorial page much.

You must not understand the editorial page.

That you look down on those who disagree with you does not convince me you are right. That you don't even try to present an argument makes me suspect that you know you have no argument.

And /. is something to swear by?

No one made any claim about slashdot. There are people who think the WSJ is a news source that makes a real effort to be a well researched, factually correct portrayal of reality. No one in their right mind thinks that about slashdot.

Re:Normally sober ? (1)

LordBmore (1794002) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151296)

You shouldn't be surprised. The submission was posted by the frequently drunk and wholly inaccurate CmdrTaco.

I post this link every six months (5, Funny)

wembley fraggle (78346) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151246)

http://www.misterbg.org/AppleProductCycle/ [misterbg.org]

It's continuously relevant.

Option strategy blueprint. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151666)

Hmmmm.

I think I'll base an Apple options strategy on that.

For each five lines of the above, there's an options strategy:

Buy calls, covered writes, straddles, long puts ......

Re:I post this link every six months (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35152028)

> It's continuously relevant.

Apple’s stock surges as Wall Street analysts proclaim the new device will be “Apple’s savior” and the key to turning around the decades-long decline in Apple’s share of the global PC market.

Yes, yes. It certainly is.

Interesting assumption (2)

Dzimas (547818) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151284)

Given that Foxconn has produced over 1 million iPads a month, I don't see why production wouldn't ramp up a few weeks before an announcement. Staff need to be trained and assembly line glitches need to be resolved before they can deliver flat out. That said, I ordered an Apple TV last November that shipped directly from Shenzhen after a short delay-- it seems that they're not even bothering to warehouse inventory in North America anymore because there is no cost saving when everything has to be air freighted anyway.

Announcement != Production start (1)

jedrek (79264) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151290)

Apple, unlike pretty much every other major player in the consumer electronics/computer market, has a great track record of having products available to buy the day they're announced. The online Apple store always goes down on days when new products are announced so people can order stuff as soon as it's been presented.

Probably true... (1)

bhunachchicken (834243) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151320)

"we're pretty sure full production won't start until Steve Jobs (or whoever will be donning the black turtleneck in his sickly stead) strides onto the stage at the official launch keynote"

Going by Apple's track record, they usually announce the product and allow you to buy it immediately from their website, to be delivered within a few days. If they had to manufacture the things, they'd make the announcement.... and then everyone would twiddle their thumbs for a few months, waiting for the damn thing.

I don't believe Apple operates like that any more. They know people go ape shit for their next must-have gadget, so they now adopt the "It's out to buy now! RUN!!! RUN!!!" approach.

And people normally do.

Steve Jobs scratches butt twice. It's a sign! (2)

Dega704 (1454673) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151430)

Seriously though, Apple's greatest achievement is how they have managed to wrap the public and the tech media around their little finger. The dust hasn't even quite settled from the first iPad launch and I am already seeing articles plastered all over the place about the 'rumors' of the iPad 2.

Still waiting for the ideal.... (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151486)

Show me a tablet with a letter-sized screen for reading papers or books formatted for that size without having to pan or zoom (14" diagonal), one that can have user content (in particular, pdf's) uploaded to it easily, and one that can *ACTUALLY* be used in a modestly interactive way (such as book reading) for more than a few hours at a time without having to be plugged in (I've heard some of the claims about iPad battery life being really good, but I haven't found them to be true in my experience with the unit).

I am so disillusioned with the iPad that I'm not holding much hope for its successor.

Re:Still waiting for the ideal.... (5, Interesting)

Zenaku (821866) | more than 3 years ago | (#35151854)

I hate to be yet another voice claiming great iPad battery life against your direct experience, but. . . seriously, did you have a defective unit or something? In my experience a few hours of reading won't even drop my battery gauge by more than a few percent. Hell a few hours of video isn't even a problem.

The only problem I ever have with battery life is when I want to completely drain it, as they say one should occasionally do. I think the damn thing harvests power from ambient radio waves.

Apple IPad 2 - Marketing and beyond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35151936)

I'm Sure Apple are at least on the verge of producing the Apple iPad 2. I agree with one of the last comments that Apple have been great at aiding the media and giving them a bone to chew on so-to-speak! Its actually great but simple marketing. They can guage how much demand and get some valuable last minute feedback before they go into production. I keep up with all of the ipad 2 news here http://www.infoweblive.com/default.aspx/apple-ipad-2
I would like to see multiple USB ports and a built in stand liek some of the new HTC Google Android phones? oops did i mention them both in the same paragraph? My bad ;)
PS: I'll be buying an Apple IPad 2 as soon as its available

Wow... (1)

kiwimate (458274) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152032)

The normally sober and sometimes accurate Wall Street Journal...

I don't think you fully appreciate the amazing levels of hypocrisy and outright lack of awareness involved in posting that on a site like Slashdot. This is, after all, the site where it's entirely possible to have 100 comments on a story before anyone posts a rebuttal/explanation that total invalidates all prior comments with two sentences that come straight from reading the article.

Dog bites man (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152068)

How is this news? Apple tends to stick to annual release schedules. iPad launched in April. April is now 2 months away. Breaking news! Product in production two months before it goes on sale!

The only news would be if the iPad2 WASN'T in production already.

Fabulous! (-1, Troll)

techwreck (1992598) | more than 3 years ago | (#35152174)

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!! Now I can pay ANOTHER $800 to buy ANOTHER device that STILL won't let me watch 90% of the videos on YouTube or allow me to click and scroll through any text or data in a form. Should I leave work to go get in line now or do you think I might still be safe if I wait an hour or two? Don't forget about the highly touted "Unlimited Data Plan" you can subscribe to for $30 a month! Oh wait I forgot, that was just a bait and switch scam. Sorry Steve! #NotGonnaFoolMe

Re:Fabulous! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35152342)

I've not run into a youtube video that I can't play on my ipad. I have the wi-fi version so I can't comment on the data.

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