Apple “World Pad” May Replace iPad

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Why have a 3G iPad when you can have a World Pad that works, well, all over the world?

Analyst Brian Blair of Wedge Partners says Apple will wind down production of the 3G iPad this year in preparation for a new sleeker iPad that will use a Qualcomm chip for both GSM and CDMA networks.

“Recent checks…suggest Apple is going to be ratcheting down production of the existing 3G iPad over the next two months in anticipation of ramping up a new World iPad that is powered by Qualcomm and will run on both GSM and CDMA based networks around the world,” Blair said. “Given our recent checks that suggest Apple is preparing to build approximately 48 million iPads in calendar 2011.”

AllThingsD reports Blair believes the new iPad will include at least one front facing camera. And it will be thinner.

Does that mean Apple will once again dominate the discussion at the Consumer Electronics in January with a concomitant iPad announcement?

Source: AllThingsD

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