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MacRumors
Mar 7, 2012, 11:35 AM
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As Apple's media event approaches (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/07/live-coverage-of-apples-ipad-3-media-event/), we've been noting a few last-minute rumors that deserve special mention.

First, Liquidmetal Technologies late yesterday announced (http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=130649&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1669987) that it had begun "shipping commercial parts to several of its customers world-wide". While the customers are unnamed, shipments are said to have begun in December and will be continuing in the months ahead.

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Apple acquired the rights (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/08/09/apple-acquires-rights-to-liquidmetal-technologies-advanced-metal-alloys/) to Liquidmetal's technology related to amorphous metal alloys for use in all consumer electronics applications back in 2010, while Liquidmetal has retained its rights in all other fields of use. While Liquidmetal has not named Apple as one of its customers for which it is shipping parts, the timing of the announcement is certainly raising some eyebrows.

Apple reportedly tested Liquidmetal's alloys (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/08/17/liquid-metal-used-in-iphone-3g-sim-tool-next-iphone-too/) in the SIM removal tool included with the iPhone 3G, but there has not yet been any evidence of it included in other Apple products.

Second, 9to5Mac reports (http://9to5mac.com/2012/03/07/we-now-see-4g-ipads-in-apples-inventory-system/) that the "J2A" iPad for which part numbers (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/28/part-numbers-suggest-imminent-availability-of-ipad-3-and-new-apple-tv/) leaked last week is now showing up in Apple's inventory systems as a "4G" device.MD369LL/A - IPAD WI-FI 4G 16GBLACK - USA.Apple is widely expected to introduce 4G LTE capabilities on at least some of its cellular-capable iPad 3 models, bringing significantly faster data speeds in areas where the technology has been rolled out by carriers.

Article Link: Last-Minute iPad 3 Rumors: Liquidmetal Shipping Parts, 4G iPads in Apple's Inventory Database (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/03/07/last-minute-ipad-3-rumors-liquidmetal-shipping-parts-4g-ipads-in-apples-inventory-database/)



nickn
Mar 7, 2012, 11:37 AM
eBay spilled the beans this morning.

Virtualball
Mar 7, 2012, 11:41 AM
eBay spilled the beans this morning.

That's most likely a guess. I know Amazon frequently "leaks future Apple products and software" but they're always guesses.

Also, why would Apple tell eBay about their super secret product? Apple doesn't even use eBay as a retail option.

Bear
Mar 7, 2012, 11:42 AM
eBay spilled the beans this morning.That's only ebays guess at what Apple is announcing.

nickn
Mar 7, 2012, 11:44 AM
That's most likely a guess. I know Amazon frequently "leaks future Apple products and software" but they're always guesses.

Also, why would Apple tell eBay about their super secret product? Apple doesn't even use eBay as a retail option.

I tried the search again a few minutes later and it didn't come up with anything. The search was blank every time. Seems like eBay made a mistake...

rmwebs
Mar 7, 2012, 11:49 AM
eBay spilled the beans this morning.

Yes, because Apple are really going to pre-advise ebay so they can have people re-sell iPads 3's and rip people off.:rolleyes:

KylePowers
Mar 7, 2012, 12:10 PM
From 9-to-5 Mac-
12:50: Spoiler alert: Here is everything new that will get announced today (thanks Mr. X!)

MD328LL/A IPAD WI-FI 16GB WHITE USA
MC705LL/A IPAD WI-FI 16GB BLACK -USA
MD329LL/A IPAD WI-FI 32GB WHITE USA
MD706LL/A IPAD WI-FI 32GB BLACK -USA
MD330LL/A IPAD WI-FI 64GB WHITE -USA
MC707LL/A IPAD WI-FI 64GB BLACK -USA

MD366LL/A IPAD WI-FI 4G 16GB BLACK -USA
MD369LL/A- IPAD WI-FI 4G 16GB WHITE -USA
MD367LL/A IPAD WI-FI 4G 32GB BLACK -USA
MD370LL/A- IPAD WI-FI 4G 32GB WHITE -USA
MD368LL/A IPAD WI-FI 4G 64GB BLACK -USA
MD371LL/A- IPAD WI-FI 4G 64GB WHITE -USA

MD098LL/A APPLE DIGITAL AV ADAPTER
MD199LL/A APPLE TV USA

JGiuliani
Mar 20, 2012, 12:54 AM
This is a little late, but I thought It was interesting seeing these rumors, almost on the dot, after the event since it was released before the event.

http://thechurchofapple.com/2012/02/15/ipad-2s3-what-do-i-expect-will-happen/