Apple Inc. is anticipated to expose a latest edition of its iPad table gadget after much waiting.
Apple emailed invitations to the media for a particular occasion on Wednesday in San Yerba Buena Center, San Franciso for the Arts. The company did not state what the theme of the occasion would be, but clued at it with a graphic of its calendar app peeled back to expose the corner of a gadget that appeared an iPad.
The spokesperson of the Apple refused to comment.
When Steve Jobs, Apple Chief Executive revealed the iPad a year ago in January as a “magical and revolutionary device,” several Apple watchers were doubtful of the ability of the company to sell a gadget that was meant to fit into a brand new market among a smartphone and a laptop.
The company of Cupertino, California consequently proved nonbelievers mistaken. Apple sold 14.8 million iPads as of the last part of 2010, accumulating $4.6 billion in sales, or about 17% of its on the whole income, as customers grabbed the tablets to read emails, surf the Internet, play games and yet build work presentations.
Maker of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. is anticipated to transport its PlayBook tablet in March or April at a related price range as the iPad, which begins at $499. The largest point of demarcation of PlayBook: it will have tighter safety and incorporation with corporations’ back-software.
In the meantime, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., just launched Xoom, a tablet that will sustain 4G, the next generation high-speed wireless network, throughout Verizon Wireless for $599 with a two-year agreement. The following are also preparing tablets: Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. and Toshiba Corp.
Sarah Rotman Epps, Forrester Research analyst said Apple is over up to the challenge this year. She said, “Apple has a strong first-mover advantage,” adding that customers will be contrasting a second-generation iPad and over 60,000 iPad apps with first-generation gadgets by other challengers.
Rotman Epps forecasts that Apple will stay as a minimum of 80% market share in the U.S. in 2011, behind from almost 100% previous year. In general, Forrester anticipates U.S. tablet sales to over twice to 24.1 million from 10.3 million in 2010.
The Wall Street Journal, informed by the People familiar with the circumstances that the next edition of the iPad will be thinner, lighter and more powerful than the original. One camera also exists on the front of the gadget for features similar to video-conferencing, the people said.
Apple will as well probable bring in latest ways to utilize the iPad as with some of its product events. The event will also be closely watched to see if ailing Mr. Jobs, who last month announced he was taking a medical leave from Apple, will appear.
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