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iPad mini to be 7.1-inches claims insider

iPad mini to be 7.1-inches claims insider

With iPad HD speculation pulling together ahead of Wednesday's Apple event, rumors around the tipped "iPad mini" continue to fizz in the background ahead of the smaller slates expected Q3 2012 launch. Although talk of a 7.85-inch display has proliferated in recent months, Apple's order book is supposedly for 7.1-inch panels according to VentureBeat's trusted sources, as the company "is particularly keen on taking back ground from the Kindle Fire."

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iPad 3 Pre-Announcement Rundown

iPad 3 Pre-Announcement Rundown

The time is nigh for the announcement of Apple's next big product, and chances are it's an iPad 3, iPad HD, or iPad 2S - have a look with us at all the information that's been tipped on this product thus far. Here we sit less than 2 days before the next Apple press event which we'll of course be attending and liveblogging to you as the information all comes down - and we've got so much information already! Of course none of the rumors, tips, or leaks have been verified by Apple, nor can any of them be truly confirmed until the big A lets their lips loose in reality, but let's make some educated guesses based on sources close to the action, shall we?

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iOS touted 3X faster in HTML Game Performance than Android by Spaceport

iOS touted 3X faster in HTML Game Performance than Android by Spaceport

In a report which comes from a company presenting a mobile gaming engine supporting vector graphics, it seems that HTML5 gaming performance has been rated 3X faster than Android on the whole. In addition to this, the report from this group, Spaceport, found at http://spaceport.io/, shows that the iPad 2 is the top device in the industry rated on its ability to work with HTML5-based games. Browsers coming with each of the selected entrants into this test were displayed in Spaceport's "PerfMarks report" and rated one by one, iOS devices out-performing Android competitors in essentially all cases.

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iPad 3 redefines PCs, not kills them

iPad 3 redefines PCs, not kills them

Apple's iPad 3 launch later this week has dragged the "PC killer" speculation back out into the open, with the third-gen iOS tablet expected to further trounce traditional computing as shoppers vote for fingers not mice. It arrives to an increasingly crowded market, however, with not only Android tablets mustering for a second wave, but Windows 8 waiting in the wings. Both platforms will bring potent hardware to take on the iPad, too. As PC manufacturers - especially those of Windows-based tablets - have discovered, though, there's more to challenging the iPad than throwing specs at it.

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Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple: Proview iPad trademark “harms consumer interests”

Apple has warned Chinese courts that ruling against it in the ongoing Proview iPad trademark case would "harm consumer interests" and "cause confusion", despite the fact that its Hong Kong foe has supposedly been using the name since 2001. "Consumers in China have come to associate this trademark with Apple's tablet computer" a lawyer from Apple's legal team told the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong this week, Bloomberg reports, arguing that Proview should no longer be allowed to use the brand in the country.

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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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