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Taiwan Economic News reports (via BGR) that Apple has contracted with suppliers Simplo and Dynapack for a thinner and lighter battery for the iPad 3, either opening the door for a thinner design or making room for a potentially thicker high-resolution Retina display.

ipad_2_battery1.jpg

iPad 2 battery (Source: iFixit)

According to the report, the new batteries will cost Apple 20-30% more than the current iPad batteries and are said to offer a greater service life and increased safety.
With the upcoming iPad 3 to feature a thinner, lighter battery module that is widely believed to be priced 20-30% higher than iPad 2's, Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp., both Apple Inc.'s contract suppliers of iPad and Macbook battery packs, will hence secure a surefire profit drive for the near future.

Institutional investors pointed out that the battery pack for iPad 3, scheduled to be massively produced in the first quarter of next year, has been redesigned to be thinner and lighter with a longer service life than iPad 2 edition's.
Initial deliveries of the new batteries are said to be set for the fourth quarter of this year, with mass production beginning in the first quarter of next year.

A number of rumors had suggested that Apple might be trying to release the iPad 3 before the end of this year, but recent reports have claimed that Apple and its partners are continuing to refine the Retina display rumored for inclusion in the device, pushing the iPad 3's launch to early next year.

Article Link: iPad 3 to Carry Thinner and Lighter Battery?
 
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Gemütlichkeit

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Of course due to cost, i can see why they don't fill all the empty space with battery.. but it would be amazing to have that extra 20% of space used.
 

iSee

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This sounds good. I expect the device to get thinner and lighter.

I hope there won't be too much loss of battery life--I love the running time of my 1st gen. Compared to every other battery powered thing I own, I have to worry about keeping my iPad so much less frequently. (Well, OK, I don't have to worry about my mouse or remotes much either--but it's awesome the iPad can almost be in the same class as those kinds of devices.)
 

Mr. Gates

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Ive said it before and I'll say it again.

It will be the iPad Pro and cost a couple hundred more than the 2.

The 2 will still be available and seeing as it has no real competition, there is no reason to phase it out.

I don't see any reason a new iPad with a more expensive "Retina" screen, and a more expensive battery would be the same price.

Realistically , Apple can charge whatever they want for this new product and everyone will still buy it. If they cant afford it ....get the iPad 2

Simple
 
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Alan31

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This is tremendous invention and remove many problem. This type of model is fast and low weight .
I personally like it. Thanks for sharing information.
 
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Shanpdx

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Blazer town!
Ive said it before and I'll say it again.

It will be the iPad Pro and cost a couple hundred more than the 2.

The 2 will still be available and seeing as it has no real competition, there is no reason to phase it out.

I don't see any reason a new iPad with a more expensive "Retina" screen, and a more expensive battery would be the same price.

Realistically , Apple can charge whatever they want for this new product and everyone will still buy it. If they cant afford it ....get the iPad 2

Simple

Wait until you see

iPhone with 4" Screen vs iPad vs 11" MacBook Air

the pricing makes lots of things easier, i do not think there is a market for iPad Pro.
 

AppleScruff1

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Of course due to cost, i can see why they don't fill all the empty space with battery.. but it would be amazing to have that extra 20% of space used.

Ive said it before and I'll say it again.

It will be the iPad Pro and cost a couple hundred more than the 2.

The 2 will still be available and seeing as it has no real competition, there is no reason to phase it out.

I don't see any reason a new iPad with a more expensive "Retina" screen, and a more expensive battery would be the same price.

Realistically , Apple can charge whatever they want for this new product and everyone will still buy it. If they cant afford it ....get the iPad 2

Simple

Exactly. I hope they raise the price at least $100, maybe $200. It will also help with the record profits too. We can't forget that Apple profits are what we really want.
 

Mr. Gates

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Wait until you see

iPhone with 4" Screen vs iPad vs 11" MacBook Air

the pricing makes lots of things easier, i do not think there is a market for iPad Pro.

No....

I'm pretty sure I'm right..

Um,..Yup ..I'm right.

And who's to say that the new iPad Pro won't have some special new feature (other than Retina) that no other device has.

Perhaps they will implement some kind of built in Remote desktop feature like LogMeIn Ignition, but better ....and with sound.


There clearly is a market
 

DTphonehome

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Mr. Gates said:
Ive said it before and I'll say it again.

It will be the iPad Pro and cost a couple hundred more than the 2.

The 2 will still be available and seeing as it has no real competition, there is no reason to phase it out.

I don't see any reason a new iPad with a more expensive "Retina" screen, and a more expensive battery would be the same price.

Realistically , Apple can charge whatever they want for this new product and everyone will still buy it. If they cant afford it ....get the iPad 2

Simple

Disagree. You could have made roughly the same argument before the iPad 2 was released. No competitor was comi g close, so why bother improving on the original? Things haven't changed that much. The iPad 2 is still selling like gangbusters, so why discontinue it?

Because Apple likes to push the competion even further behind, that's why. By early next year, MAYBE Samsung will be close to an iPad 2 competitor. But before they can get any traction with it, Apple will force them back to the drawing board with a thinner, lighter, faster, higher-res iPad 3. And Apple is the only tablet maker that can buy cutting-edge components in such bulk that they can still make a nice profit on each one. Everyone else has to wait for prices to come down, but by that time they aren't cutting-edge anymore.

This is one of the reasons the Touchpad, original Galaxy Tab, and Xoom failed so badly. They were competing with the iPad 1, but Apple had already moved on to the iPad 2.
 

aluren

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If it's gonna cost Apple 20-30% more, then I'm assuming that this cost will be reflected in the price. I can't imagine Apple eating that additional cost and still sell it at the $499 price point, so the only way that will work is the iPad Pro. So you'll have two lines, the cheaper lines carries an A6, better camera with regular batrery. Pro lines carries the retina display and this new battery in addition and starts at 749. This is in line with the iPhone 4/3GS offering.
 

Mr. Gates

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Exactly. I hope they raise the price at least $100, maybe $200. It will also help with the record profits too. We can't forget that Apple profits are what we really want.

Right !

I just hope the NFC payment system is implemented in iPhone 5 in time to charge all customers as soon as they walk into the Apple store.

I mean ...Really ! That visit is an experience and lets not kid ourselves: They really need to start charging for that
 

AppleScruff1

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Right !

I just hope the NFC payment system is implemented in iPhone 5 in time to charge all customers as soon as they walk into the Apple store.

I mean ...Really ! That visit is an experience and lets not kid ourselves: They really need to start charging for that

Quite true. It's like going to an amusement park park or museum or something and you pay an admission fee to get in. Going to an Apple store is a privilege, not a right and we should be honored to pay an admission fee for such a mind blowing experience.
 

Mr. Gates

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Disagree. You could have made roughly the same argument before the iPad 2 was released. No competitor was comi g close, so why bother improving on the original? Things haven't changed that much. The iPad 2 is still selling like gangbusters, so why discontinue it?

Because Apple likes to push the competion even further behind, that's why. By early next year, MAYBE Samsung will be close to an iPad 2 competitor. But before they can get any traction with it, Apple will force them back to the drawing board with a thinner, lighter, faster, higher-res iPad 3. And Apple is the only tablet maker that can buy cutting-edge components in such bulk that they can still make a nice profit on each one. Everyone else has to wait for prices to come down, but by that time they aren't cutting-edge anymore.

This is one of the reasons the Touchpad, original Galaxy Tab, and Xoom failed so badly. They were competing with the iPad 1, but Apple had already moved on the iPad 2.

Wrong on so many points but I have little patients so I will address the last one.

The reason those products never gained any traction is because they don't have the eco-system that iOS has.
 

MacDarcy

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Hmm. Does this mean that the iPad 3 will cost 20% more? I hope not. But If it does get a retina display and the more expensive battery...Apple might just raise the base prices. They usually don't do that...but ya never know. This would be a pretty big step up from the ipad 2 with costlier parts.

Too soon to speculate. This thing won't be shipping until next spring or summer. That is a loooooooong time from now.
 

Ryth

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Ive said it before and I'll say it again.

It will be the iPad Pro and cost a couple hundred more than the 2.

The 2 will still be available and seeing as it has no real competition, there is no reason to phase it out.

I don't see any reason a new iPad with a more expensive "Retina" screen, and a more expensive battery would be the same price.

Realistically , Apple can charge whatever they want for this new product and everyone will still buy it. If they cant afford it ....get the iPad 2

Simple

Why didn't they then charge more for the iPhone 4 with the Retina display then and make it the iPhone 4 Pro and release a non-retina display iPhone 4? Because that would be ***** stupid.

They aren't going to make 2 models of the iPad (pro and nonpro_ and then have to make 3 versions of each (16,32,64) and then 3 more versions of each (wifi/3G).

There is no market for a Pro version of it. Period. End of story.

They are just going to make the iPad 3 and it's going to have the better screen.

It's
Called
Product
Evolution
and
Innovation

Apple has the #s to get those displays and batteries down to prices where they can charge the same basically as the current iPad. The last thing Apple is going to do is make a pro iPad and charge more. These aren't the laptops, they are the iOS devices.

Disagree. You could have made roughly the same argument before the iPad 2 was released. No competitor was comi g close, so why bother improving on the original? Things haven't changed that much. The iPad 2 is still selling like gangbusters, so why discontinue it?

Because Apple likes to push the competion even further behind, that's why. By early next year, MAYBE Samsung will be close to an iPad 2 competitor. But before they can get any traction with it, Apple will force them back to the drawing board with a thinner, lighter, faster, higher-res iPad 3. And Apple is the only tablet maker that can buy cutting-edge components in such bulk that they can still make a nice profit on each one. Everyone else has to wait for prices to come down, but by that time they aren't cutting-edge anymore.

Agreed. At least someone understands.

Hmm. Does this mean that the iPad 3 will cost 20% more? I hope not. But If it does get a retina display and the more expensive battery...Apple might just raise the base prices. They usually don't do that...but ya never know. This would be a pretty big step up from the ipad 2 with costlier parts.

Too soon to speculate. This thing won't be shipping until next spring or summer. That is a loooooooong time from now.

When was the last time Apple actually increased a product's price? The iPhone came down in price. The MBAir came down in price. Same with the iMac and so on.

There is NO WAY Apple is going to charge more for the iPad 3. Especially since competitors are finally starting to come into the area (they still cant compete but there is no way Apple will give them a way in with a price point).

NO
WAY
 
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