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Three iPad 3 versions with no Home button tipped

Three iPad 3 versions with no Home button tipped

Three variants of the new iPad 3 could be in the pipeline for a March release, according to sources, but only black WiFi models are tipped if you don't want 3G/4G connectivity. Product codes leaked to 9 to 5 Mac indicate Apple is readying iPad J1, J2 and J2A versions, with the first believed to be the WiFi-only model and the J2 and J2A including different combinations of GSM, CDMA and LTE connectivity. Meanwhile, SlashGear reader Matthew flagged up that, in Apple's invite graphic, the physical home button looks to be missing from the slate.

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iPad trade-ins soar 10x as iPad 3 nears

iPad trade-ins soar 10x as iPad 3 nears

iPad trade-ins on auction site eBay have soared tenfold in Februaary, reaching fever-pitch since Apple all-but-confirmed it would be revealing a new, third-gen model next week, as existing owners attempt to shift their older slate. Use of the site's Instant Sale service - which offers a set cash fee for hardware - is up 10x on 2011 numbers, eBay confirmed to CNET, with 97.6-percent of the tablets being traded in being Apple's iPad.

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Samsung squashes iPhone in MWC awards

Samsung squashes iPhone in MWC awards

Samsung has pipped Apple to the post and won the coveted GSMA Best Smartphone award at Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy S II taking the crown in devices and Samsung itself named Device Manufacturer of the Year. The news follows Apple's surprise victory with the iPhone 4 at MWC 2011 - despite not even attending the show. However, Samsung's tablets were less fortunate, with the iPad 2 grabbing the Best Mobile Tablet award as a product "that has defined the market."

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Has Apple shown us the iPad 3 Retina Display already?

Has Apple shown us the iPad 3 Retina Display already?

Apple's iPad 3 event invite doesn't just confirm the March 7 launch of the third-gen tablet: it's also the most official suggestion so far that a Retina Display is indeed on the slate's spec sheet. Take a look at the invite graphic Apple included - complete with the tagline "We have something you really have to see. And touch" - and the on-screen graphics certainly look smoother and more precise than what the current 1024 x 768 iPad 2 offers.

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Apple iPad 3 event March 7 confirmed

Apple iPad 3 event March 7 confirmed

Apple has confirmed a press event on Wednesday, March 7, where we're expecting to see the iPad 3 make its official, and much-anticipated, debut. Rumored for the first week of March for some time now, the event will kick off at 10AM PST in San Francisco, and we'll be liveblogging it as usual! According to Apple's invite, "We have something you really have to see. And touch." Catch up with all the rumors and speculation around the new iPad after the cut.

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Quadcore iPad 3 LTE at NYC event next week tip sources [Updated]

Quadcore iPad 3 LTE at NYC event next week tip sources [Updated]

Apple's third-gen iPad will make its official debut at an event next week, according to new sources, lending further weight to earlier talk of a March 7 debut for the iPad 3. The information was reported by CNBC this morning; the company's sources have been more than brief, only indicating that the iPad 3 will indeed have 4G LTE and be revealed next week. Still, there are a few surprises: they also say it has a quadcore processor, rather than the dualcore we most recently heard whispers of, and Apple is supposedly bringing it out to play at an event in New York rather than its traditional San Francisco haunt.

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Will Apple snipe down Google’s Schmidt with iPad 3?

Will Apple snipe down Google’s Schmidt with iPad 3?

Google's Mobile World Congress keynote is set to kick off in just over an hour, with chairman Eric Schmidt expected to drop the latest Android tidbits; it also gives Apple the perfect opportunity to steal focus from its arch-rival with a well-timed event invite. Apple is widely expected to unveil its third-generation iPad at a March 7 event, just seven days away. If the company is true to form, that means we could expect press invites to hit inboxes as soon as this morning.

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Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple “intentionally mislead” over iPad trademark claims Proview

Apple faces renewed criticism over the Proview iPad trademark case, amid accusations that the shell company Apple set up deliberately mislead over its intended use of the trademark in order to secure the sale. Proview, which is currently suing Apple in the US, claims Apple's "special purpose company" IPADL (IP Application Development Ltd) assured the Taiwanese firm that it sought the trademark as "it is an abbreviation for the company name" the BBC reports.

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Best Buy offers $50 off all iPad 2s hinting at refresh

Best Buy offers $50 off all iPad 2s hinting at refresh

Rarely, in the retail world are Apple products discounted. Apple gadgets such as the iPhone and iPad sell very well at the normal retail prices leaving no real need to discount them to increase sales. This is the reason why each time we see Apple products going discount or stock of the devices shrink, we think refresh immediately. A new product coming to replace the one on sale certainly is not a given, but there's always that chance.

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iPad 3 rumored “Retina Display” gets video fondle

iPad 3 rumored “Retina Display” gets video fondle

The "Retina Display" purportedly from Apple's iPad 3 has surfaced again, with notorious teardown merchants iFixit doing their level best to get the pixel-blessed panel up and running. The screen - put under the microscope earlier this month, and seemingly revealing its 2048 x 1536 resolution - presented no shortage of issues, however, with a completely different connector from that used in the current iPad 2.

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