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Can you iPad me now? Soon.

The next generation of Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) trendsetting iPad tablet may come in a Verizon Wireless-friendly model, according to unnamed industry sources speaking to Taiwan's DigiTimes.

Apple will supposedly add a third line of iPads in a few months that utilizes CDMA chips for internal connectivity to Verizon's (NYSE: VZ  ) network. Several smaller stateside carriers also rely on the CDMA standard.

For now, Verizon has been bundling the Wi-Fi models with a Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq: NVTL  ) MiFi mobile hotspot to compete with the 3G models running on AT&T's (NYSE: T  ) network.

Having three lines of iPads in what will likely continue to be different storage configurations may be confusing at first. Some consumers may still be perplexed over why the 3G model costs $130 more than the Wi-Fi units. However, this may also be Apple's first step in embracing Verizon Wireless customers. If the CDMA iPads take off, there isn't any doubt that we'll see a Verizon iPhone once Apple's exclusivity deal with AT&T ends.

Reports of a second-generation iPad hitting the market soon have been intensifying in recent weeks, though most of the speculation has been about specs and release dates.

Component makers have been telling DigiTimes that mass production of the new iPads may begin as early as the end of January. If that's the case, the new iPads may hit the market before the first anniversary of the original iPad's debut in April.

If so, Apple may be simply trying to get in ahead of Research in Motion's (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) aggressively priced PlayBook or combat the early success of Samsung's Galaxy Tab.

The new iPads will likely feature at least one camera. DigiTimes reports that the new models will likely tackle the smudging and reflective screen shortcomings relative to's (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) Kindle and other dedicated e-readers.

The stakes are substantial. Industry sources claim that Apple plans to ship 40 million of the new iPads in 2011, far more than the pace of the original iPad this year.

The next few weeks are about to get very interesting in the tablet space. Stay close.

What would you like to see in the new iPad? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2010, at 12:41 PM, xmmj wrote:

    "Aggressively priced Playbook"??

    To my knowledge there still is not a price on it, it is half the screen size of the iPad, and they are back to the drawing board for the battery.

    I don't know about about the Galaxy tab being off to so great a start. I don't have any sales figures but I noticed in Amazon that there were only 34 reviews for the product. The new MacBook Air one model alone had 24 reviews and that was almost twice the price. The Tab does not apear to be a runaway here.

  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2010, at 1:33 PM, daveshouston wrote:

    I'm not sure the RIM Playbook will ever see the light of day. Their engineers are in over their heads when they try to go up against Apple.

    Here's an article on their battery life problem:

  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2010, at 2:05 PM, fabs1nh wrote:

    What would I like to see? How about a usable ereader app - usable in daylight that is. Ipad completely useless in the sun. And byt hat i mean you cannto even read a word. IPAD a nice travel entertainment tool (not close to a laptop replacement or netbook for productivity) but my Nook is a far superior e reader. So either eliminate the ridiculous glare or stop joking about beating the kindle or Nook as an ereader - only the uninformed will ever buy that.

  • Report this Comment On December 29, 2010, at 5:48 PM, pkguitarman wrote:

    The Miller Man gave me a good laugh with his comments. I'll laugh some more when my Apple stock hits $400 a share. Apple products are fun and cool. That's why people like them.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2010, at 3:10 AM, BigLeverage wrote:

    I read a lot of articles on fool but have never once posted a comment on the discussion boards. This is my very first because I'm tired of TheMillerMan's lame comments about anything related to Apple. Check out any article posted about Apple on Fool nd you will see a lame comment from the RIMM loving MillerMan!

    The playbook isn't even out yet so how do you know it's so awesome or is going to crush the iPad? I've read a lot of reviews on the playbook and admit it does look like a cool gadget but come on man. Did some Apple fan wrong you somewhere in your life? There is definitely some deep seeded issues with you and Apple. Maybe you are pissed that you never had the guts to invest in Apple's stock and missed out on all the gains?

    As a gadget lover I own an iPad and many other Apple, and non Apple products. Apple makes excellent products that are fun and easy to use. Everyone else seems to think so otherwise they wouldn't be doing so well.

  • Report this Comment On December 30, 2010, at 2:55 PM, hellomojo wrote:

    haha..The MillerMan comments always are funny. ANY article about Apple he comments on saying how bad they are how good RIM is...or is going to be. Man, he must have "foolishly" invested all his money in RIM. what a shame.....

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