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Apple TV gets iOS; CDMA iPhone has metal back; 7-inch iPads run A9 — Digitimes

New Apple TV in manufacturing this December, CDMA model iPhones will have a metal, not a glass back and the future of the iPad sees a 7-inch model and new, faster processor debut in December, that’s this morning’s big rumor round-up…

We’ve been looking at the latest reports from Digitimes (so usual warnings etc.) that Apple intends introducing an upgraded iPad equipped with a Cortex A9 processor next year.

The new 9.7-inch tablet will utilize a version of ARM’s latest processor and will carry 512MB of RAM. Apple’s expected to introduce the device in Q1, the report explains…

Apple will also (apparently) introduce a 7-inch version of the iPad, using the same processor and boasting a 1,024-x768 resolution IPS panel.

More news on the CDMA iPhone
(c’mon, who seriously expected Apple to give Google unique access to every US network bar AT&T?) which Digitimes tells us will go into mass production (by Pegatron) in December.

“[Pegatron] will supply to both US-based Verizon Wireless and China-based China Telecom,” Digitimes tells us helpfully.

Big news, likely to start the usual discussions in the usual places too: “The CDMA iPhone’s back plate will be forged from metal materials and will feature an integrated antenna, according to Digitimes Research.”

Does this mean we can expect an iPhone 4.1? Or will this reflect an earlier launch of an upgraded model as some have predicted?

Wait, there’s more: CDMA iPhone sales will begin in January 2011 after a CES announcement by Verizon’s boss, and are expected to account for 35 percent of iPhone sales.

And then — even more, in this fun-filled fact or fiction Monday rumor bag from Digitimes. More news on the Apple TV, I’ll quote direct:

“Apple is also set to launch a new Apple TV using AMD’s Fusion solution and will not include a hard drive. The new device will adopt a user interface similar to the iPhone with support for social networking websites, network multimedia and the App Store. Mass production of the device will start in December, Digitimes Research noted.”

Be ready. (Of course, this also suggests news of 7-inch iPads, CDMA iPhones and the Apple TV won’t make the cut for the August/September music product refresh. If Apple TV doesn’t make the party, then it is possible we’ll be looking at a later launch for the iTunes in the cloud streaming services. That matches some previous reports which have suggested Apple’s huge data center won’t be active until the end of the year. Wait and see.)

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