New iPad 3 rumor surfaces.
Taiwan site’s industry sources say Apple is expected to launch the new tablet by Thanksgiving or early next year.
The report is not actually talking about the iPad 3, instead, it’s about Asus and its plan to compete against the popular Apple tablet PC by launching a new tablet that is “ lighter, thinner, quicker in response to switch on and off,” the second generation Asus EEE Pad.
The report also added that Asus is expected to ship 1 million EEE Pad this year that should compete against the iPad 3 and the current version of the iPad — the iPad 2 — that could soon get a cheaper tag price.
Apple’s first-gen iPad which was launched last year were discounted by around $100 to clear the inventory, and the sources of the Taiwan Economic News are suggesting that Apple is expected to play the same strategy again once they launch the iPad 3.
In related news, Asus EEE Pad Transformer recently received its much-anticipated Android Honeycomb 3.2 update that includes useful features like application zooming that can display smartphone-centric Android applications larger, SD card support for additional storage, support for various sizes like 7 inches and 8.9 inches, and better application support and user interface polishing.
Speaking of Android Honeycomb, reports are saying that Android could get an update later this year that will end the so-called “fragmentation.” The update will be called Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and will soon be delivered in both smartphones and tablets. The merging of two Android ecosystem will obviously boost the potential of Android devices when it comes to application support and faster delivery of software updates.
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