A new set of icons in iOS 4.3 Beta 2 have seemingly confirmed that the second-gen iPad will have a front-facing camera. Icons for FaceTime, the Camera app and PhotoBooth have all been spotted in a preview graphic for iPad wallpaper selection, with the three new images recognizable from the iPhone and OS X.
Scosche has confirmed that it has officially cancelled development of its iClops iPad camera accessory, which had previously been tipped for release in March this year. SlashGear reader Afonso had contacted the company regarding the plug-in camera - which promised 2.1-megapixel stills or VGA-quality video on the Apple tablet - and been told that in fact the project had been axed.
Another case purportedly for the second-generation iPad 2 has emerged, this time with video highlighting the supposed differences in casing design between the first-gen iOS slate. Japanese blog Macotakara suggest that the new iPad will have a more iPod touch-style back panel, with tapering edges rather than the more blunt-sided current model.
With all of the rumors going around, it's about time we start seeing some pictures. Especially if the second generation iPad is really launching in under 100 days. Right on schedule, then, is this new image of a supposed case for the iPad 2. Right off the bat, you'll notice that hole at the top-left of the case, where many believe the rear-facing camera would go. Just as we've seen on the iPhone 4, and latest generation of the iPod Touch.
Geeks have had a lust for phone watches for years going back to the comic book days of Dick Tracy and his watch phone. There are a few watch phone offerings on the market today and a new one has just landed. The watch is called the sWaP Rebel and it looks a bit like one of those iPod nano watches that have been so prevalent lately.
Despite an overall decline in the amount people are spending on gifts, Consumer Electronics Association reports all-time high on gifts of consumer electronics. The CEA revealed their 17th annual "CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study today at their Industry Forum in San Francisco. The average amount spend on gifts this holiday season will be $750, down 2 percentage points from last year, while they'll spend $232 of that on consumer electronics (up 5% from last year. On the list of which items specifically ADULTS will be wanting this year, right up top of the list are Notebooks, Laptops, and the iPad.
Apple's Retina Display for the iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch may have been leaving WVGA Android smartphones in the shade, but it was only a matter of time before the open-souce alternatives caught up. Sharp has just announced the IS03, headed to Japanese carrier KDDI in November, with a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 9.6-megapixel camera with flash.
iSuppli has taken the new iPod nano and torn it apart to see how much it costs to build the device. According to the estimates offered by iSuppli the new nano has the second lowest cost to build at launch of any iPod ever, only the fourth generation device was cheaper to build at launch.
A new report from Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar claims that Apple is currently working on a smaller, camera-featuring iPad, which is set to debut some time in the early part of 2011. Annual refreshes for Apple-based technology isn't a new thing, so everyone is already expecting Apple to announce a new iPad next year, but these new claims make it sound like Apple is indeed taking a look at the competition, and readying their hardware to reflect that.
Apple may not have invented the MP3 player, but with its iPod range it certainly defined it. Every year consumers and rivals alike wait for the company's September music event, to see what the must-have functionality and hardware is this season. SlashGear has been playing with the new fourth-generation iPod shuffle, fifth-generation iPod nano and fourth-generation iPod touch since Apple's unveil last week; check out our group review after the cut.