RUMOR: Apple iPad 2 to feature carbon fiber body, RFID/NFC iPad, iPhone add-ons, 7” iPad lives

Jeremy Horwitz reports for iLounge, “A previously accurate source has provided iLounge with some interesting new details on Apple’s ongoing iPad development efforts…”

• Apple is actively developing new accessories that will communicate with the near-field radio chips reportedly built into new iPads and iPhones.

• It’s possible that the company will use a new material similar to carbon fiber rather than aluminum for upcoming iPads.

• A key iPad, iPhone, and iPod component provider has been asked by Apple to develop a part for use in a seven-inch iPad.

More details in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. “A key supplier”? Really? And this “key supplier” decided to leak this information to the media, because any “key supplier” KNOWS how much Apple loves leaks.

    Garbage. If anything, it’s a smoke screen for Apple to make its competitors think it will have a 7″ iPad. Jobs already said in very clear terms that a 7″ tablet simply makes no sense. Would he really say that if Apple were working on a 7″ tablet? Don’t think so.

  2. I think at this point that if Apple were to produce a 7-inch display product, it will either be marketed as a large iPod touch (rather than a small iPad) or Steve Jobs is no longer making decisions there.

  3. Actually, Steve Jobs once said emphatically that video on iPods didn’t make sense shortly before they introduced the iPod video! So who knows about a 7″ iPad.

  4. Steve Jobs also famously said that “no one reads any more,” before the Kindle started gaining ground and then Apple introduced the iBookstore for the iPad (and eventually the iPhone/iPod touch).

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