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iPad 2 Rumored to Gain Dual GSM-CDMA Radio

iPad screenWith Verizon Wireless offering the iPad coupled with their CDMA-flavored MiFi 2200, it’s not a surprise to hear rumors that the next generation of Apple’s tablet may come with a CDMA-compatible radio baked right in alongside GSM so 3G can be used anywhere in the world.

AppleInsider is reporting that the 3G model of Apple’s next iPad will up the ante by including both GSM as well as CDMA radios, making it a “world mode” device usable anywhere in the world. GSM is the standard used in the U.S. by AT&T and T-Mobile and most everywhere in the world (particularly throughout Europe), while the older CDMA is primarily in this country, used by Verizon and Sprint.

A “world mode” iPad would allow a Verizon or Sprint customer to use those companies’ CDMA network here in the U.S., but allow them to pop in a local SIM card for use on any GSM network while traveling overseas, or potentially even here in the U.S. in areas where AT&T has broader coverage.

The new rumor comes from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair, who released a note to investors claiming “Apple is developing a new iPad with a Qualcomm multimode CDMA-GSM chip built in.” Such a move would negate the need for carriers such as Verizon to bundle a wireless hotspot device with the iPad.

Blair’s other prognostications reveal that the next iPad “will be thinner and will have a forward-facing camera,” both of which are widely expected, particularly with Apple’s current push to get FaceTime on additional devices. After debuting on the iPhone 4 in June, the video chat technology moved to the fourth-generation iPod touch in September and was recently released as beta software for the Mac as well.

“The new iPad is thinner than the existing model and is essentially made from one piece of metal with no pins needed,” Blair wrote. “We understand it requires a new type of manufacturing process as a result, similar to the company’s unibody approach seen in MacBooks.”

The analyst stopped short of predicting when we might see an updated model, although it’s widely expected in the spring, perhaps on the first anniversary of the original model.

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New Apple TV Product Rumored to Include Netflix

As Apple’s Music Event draws ever closer,  the rumors of some new-fangled hotness that runs off of children’s dreams and unicorn tears have been ramping up to a fevered pitch. With the event less than 24 hours away, even the most trusted of newsources are finding it hard to resist putting in their two bits about what will spill out of Apple’s magic bag on Wednesday. 

This afternoon, a story appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek that Apple is most certainly going to be announcing a replacement for its aging Apple TV platform. Better still, the new platform will–as has been mentioned by various sources in the past–cost consumers and incorporate an onboard Netflix integration.

Just to play it safe, the article also mentions that a reimagined version of iTunes will be unvield, as well as a swank new iPod touch boasting a higher resolution screen akin to that seen on the iPhone 4.

As most of you already know by now, such fables should be taken with a grain of salt. Until Steve Jobs and company let the cat out of the bag at tomorrow’s event, there’s no telling what new delights will be disclosed.

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New Details on Rumored 2010 iPod touch and nano

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If sources close to Apple are to believed, the iPod touch may be getting a substantial overhaul with the 2010 model expected next week — and that an earlier leak of a small touchscreen device seen above may actually be the next iPod nano.

iLounge is reporting that the fourth generation iPod touch may very well change the appearance of its back when it’s introduced next week. Those who love the dome-like curved back of the second and third generation iPod touches seems to be out, according to a source “who would have reason to know.”

“Think of the top of a MacBook Pro, only smaller, which is to say flat rather than curved at the center — closer to the look of the first-generation iPod touch’s back, only with modifications,” iLounge explains. “The rear camera is there, but there is still some question as to whether what’s next to it will be a LED flash like the one in the iPhone 4, or a microphone like the one next to the video camera of the iPod nano.”

What will likely remain the same on the iPod touch is the bottom-mounted headphone port and the dock connector port. The new details seem to also be tossing cold water on the theories of a front-facing, FaceTime-enabled camera on the updated media player.

So what about the little touchscreen device seen above? “We’re continuing to hear from sources that the little touchscreen device — the one with the sub-2-inch screen — is being thought of as a nano rather than a shuffle, even though it doesn’t make much sense to us,” iLounge concludes.

We’ll all know soon enough, when Apple kicks off their media event at 10:00AM PDT on Wednesday, September 1.

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