An Apple Rumor Round-Up
Steve Jobs has the world within his grasp. The iPad has given him 95% of the newly-emerged tablet market. 48 million iPads are expected to sell in 2011, with the iPad 2 due out in Spring. Apple has already filmed the ads and pretty much ever rumor gives the next iPad a front-facing camera.
The big news today comes from a report by Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair. He claims that a source within Qualcomm has informed him that a "world iPad" will launch in the near future. It will pack a Qualcomm multi-mode CDMA-GSM chip. This world-pad will be thinner than the current iPad and made from a single piece of metal- no pins at all.
Another report, this one from a Wall Street analyst, outs the iPad 2 as packing a 7" retinal display and up to 128 GB of storage. One of these rumors does not necessarily exclude the other, but I am hesitant to believe that Apple plans on dropping down to 7".
Meanwhile, the iPhone is also set to take a big step forward this year. 2011 will mark the end of iPhone exclusivity, possibly heralded by the LTE iPhone 4. An iPhone has been spotted apparently running on Verizon LTE. The photo may be a fake- it's hard to tell when the portion in question is so tiny.
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As reported in my iPhone 5 round-up, an 8 MP camera is also expected.