Apple to Release Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA Versions of iPad 2?

Apple to Release Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA Versions of iPad 2?

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Apple will reportedly release three versions of the iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, according to DigiTimes.

Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, according to industry sources, citing upstream component makers.

Apple is also working on strengthening the iPad 2's anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments to compete with the Kindle and other e-Book readers.

The iPad 2 is expected to launch by the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second and DigiTimes sources estimate that Apple will ship 40 million units in 2011, accounting for 65-75% of the entire tablet market.

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Apple to Release Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA Versions of iPad 2?
Macslut
Macslut - December 28, 2010 at 12:55pm
I have no inside knowledge here, but I\'m thinking Apple would kill the WiFi only model. At issue is the thought that the only variable in how many iPads Apple will sell is how many they can make and distribute. Having multiple models makes this much more difficult. We\'re also going to see more carrier subsidies and rebates, so I also wouldn\'t be surprised if there was just one \"universal\" iPad 2 (that came in different capacities). Maybe Apple would keep the original iPad as WiFi only as the lowest cost option.
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