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Seven-inch iPad to have Retina Display, 128GB of memory?

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu October 7, 2010

Extra USB port could open up peripherals

Apple is not only working on a 7-inch iPad, but one that should have a camera, Retina Display and up to 128GB of storage, according to Taiwanese component suppliers contacted by Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities. Present iPads are limited to no more than 64GB of memory. The analyst notes that he was also told the new device should launch in the first quarter of 2011, and sport a "micro or mini" USB port.

The current iPad does support USB peripherals such as keyboards and a proprietary card reader, but only through its iPod-style 30-pin dock connector, which limits people to one add-on at a time. White's claim backs an earlier assertion by analysts at Goldman Sachs; people would, however, still need an adapter to connect most USB hardware. AppleInsider notes that the port may reflect the European Union's establishment of micro USB as a standard mobile charging scheme.

Achieving Retina Display levels of pixel density may almost require going to 7 inches, as they are not standard and potentially expensive past the size of a cellphone. The feature is present on only two Apple devices so far: the iPhone 4, and the fourth-generation iPod touch. Increasing resolution may compensate for a reduction in screen size.

White doesn't specify whether a 7-inch iPad will replace the 9.7-inch model or complement it. He is however said to have learned that Apple could sell as many as 45 million iPads in 2011, more than double the current Ticonderoga forecast. Over 6 million iPad components -- one per tablet -- are said to have been shipped by one supplier in Q3 2010 alone. Another 7 million are expected for the holiday season.

"These numbers are well above our iPad forecasts of 3.8 million in the September quarter and 5.37 million in the December quarter," says White. "Essentially, this equates to 13 million units for the second-half of 2010 versus our forecast of 9.17 million units."


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  1. MyRightEye

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    PLEASE

    Put a cell phone in it!!

  1. Parky

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    PLEASE

    Don't put a cell phone in it!!

  1. jpollard

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    Wow, 128GB is a lot of memory

    128GB of memory sure is a lot, considering the currently-shipping iPad only has 256MB of RAM.

    OH WAIT! Do you mean 128GB of storage? Or RAM? Do the writers at MacNN know the difference?

    Why do I keep coming to this site to get badly-reported news?

  1. iphonerulez

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    I'd like to see a GPS chip in it

    so I can play with augmented reality apps.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Wow

    Well, since the iPad uses Flash memory for storage, 128GB of 'memory' can be considered correct.

  1. coffeetime

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    Re: Wow

    It's 128GB of storage. 128GB of RAM is not yet even possible on today's desktop computer.

  1. coffeetime

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    Re: PLEASE

    No harm with phone in iPad. Use bluetooth headset or wired headset to talk on phone. That's what I do with my iPod Touch (built-in Mic/Headphone jack). Built-in speaker plus mic can also be use as speaker phone. Personally, I prefer to use a laptop as a giant flip phone holding next to my ear than iPad because it doesn't have curve.

  1. hayesk

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    Retina display?

    At what resolution? 2048x1536? Doubtful.

    7" display at 1024x768 - likely. So it would have a higher pixel density. I don't know if that crosses the threshold to be referred to as a "retina" display.

  1. samirsshah

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    Good

    128 GB, good. Retina display, good. mini, micro, USB, charging or general purpose, good.

  1. SierraDragon

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    Re: "PLEASE"

    Why someone would demand "no cell" - and ten folks give thumbs up - is beyond me. Apple should simply make cell an option and adjust pricing accordingly, because all kinds of different usages of such devices are evolving. Note too that WiFi is NOT everywhere, so 3G communication remains really useful.

    Personally I would need to have a cell phone in it. Some folks need multiple devices, others like me prefer one. Whether or not a 7" device is too big to carry remains to be seen; I carried a full laptop pretty much all the time, starting with a Duo. The amazing sales of 10" iPads would suggest lots of folks accept larger sizes.

    The iPhone changed my life to carrying the Macbook Pro with me 10% of the time rather than 90% of the time. And my iPod has become a fixed-location device because the iPhone holds enough portable music (barely). The only problem is the small display makes web usage a PITA.

    After California mandated hands-free cells in cars I found that I way prefer headset/buds usage to holding the cell to my ear anyway.

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