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Apple Getting Ready for Next Week’s iPad 2 Announcement

Apple is getting ready for the iPad 2 announcement scheduled for next week, as a MacRumors reader just posted a picture showing large Apple banners on the front of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the place where the announcement will take place.

Earlier today, Apple released invitations for the event, scheduled to occur on March 2 at 10:00AM Pacific Time. We’ll be bringing you the latest iPad 2 news so be sure to stayed tuned to PadGadget on the big day.

[Credit Picture @KielO/Kiel Oleson]

Lowered Production Targets for Second Generation iPad

An interesting piece of news was released by Digitimes this morning: while the iPad 2 is about to hit store shelves, the device may prove to be difficult to find, as a combination of last minute product changes and component shortages will apparently lead to lower-than-expected amounts of units available at launch.

The iPad 2 production plans haven’t changed though, as the company’s subcontractors already started producing mass quantities of second generation iPads. However, touch panels yields are allegedly lackluster, and forced the Cupertino-based company to revise its forecast, from about 500,000 units on hand shortly after the introduction of the device, to only about 350,000. Interestingly enough, the exact same issue led to massive first generation iPad shortages back in 2010.

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iPad 2 Available by the end of March

Earlier today, we told you that AllThingsD heard from reliable sources that the iPad 2 will be announced on March 2nd.

According to a new report from 9to5mac, the second generation iPad is actually expected to be available for purchase within weeks after the announcement, and should therefore hit store shelves by the end of next month.

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iPad 2 to be Introduced on March 2nd

According to AllThingsD, the iPad 2 will be announced on March 2nd, at a special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

At this stage, except the location and the date, nothing is known about the event. Given that Steve Jobs is currently on leave of absence, chances are that the event will be hosted by another Apple officer, such as Tim Cook.

According to several sources close to the situation, the Wednesday date in a little more than a week is firm and will take place in San Francisco, the scene of many such Apple events. In that case, the venue is likely to be the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Note that AllThingsD‘s report is in line with recent findings regarding the availability of first generation iPads, as some retailers are currently out of stock, which implies an imminent product refresh.

More iPad Shortages in Europe Could Lead to Imminent iPad 2 Launch

Earlier today, we mentioned the fact that UK mobile providers T-Mobile and Orange started to offer heavily discounted first generation iPads, as the device’s price is now reduced by a hefty £100. While neither T-Mobile nor Orange commented on the price reduction, the discount was likely motivated by the imminent launch of the iPad 2, in order to get rid of current stocks of ‘soon-to-be-stale’ first generation iPads.

As noted by several Apple news outlets, things seem to be accelerating, as a sizable number of retailers seem to be out of iPads throughout the world. Typically, such widespread shortages imply an imminent product line refresh.

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Orange and T-Mobile UK Offer Discounted First Generation iPad, iPad 2 Around the Corner

The UK branches of T-Mobile and Orange just reduced the price of the iPad 3G, from £199 to £99, in order to get rid of their respective first generation iPad stocks, as the iPad 2 is around the corner.

The offer is restricted to customers willing to sign up for a 24-month contract. Note that the offer is restricted to existing customers if you decide to go with T-Mobile, while Orange allows any new customers to take advantage of the offer.

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greenpois0n RC6.1 out, Fixes iBooks Issues

About a week ago, the Chronic Dev Team released an updated version of its untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1, dubbed greenpois0n Release Candidate 6. While the jailbreak proved to be pretty stable, the latest version of iBooks would not work properly once the jailbreak was applied.

The issue is not directly related to the jailbreak, as Apple released an updated version of iBooks able to detect jailbroken devices around the time greenpois0n RC6 launched. As a result, iBooks refused to work with all jailbreaks – including greenpois0n (click here for more details).

The new version, called Release Candidate 6.1, includes a piece of code put together by hacker comex, designed to circumvent the iBooks jailbreak detection mechanism, and the update now allows users to use iBooks without any hiccups.

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New iPad 2 Case Confirms Most iPad 2 Rumors [Video]

The folks over at M.I.C. Gadget managed to get a hold of a new iPad 2 leather case, reportedly tested with real iPad 2 hardware, unlike most other cases seen so far, molded against the iPad 2 mock-ups seen at CES.

The case is the first iPad 2 leather – and most upscale – iPad 2 case we’ve seen to date, and confirms most iPad-2-related rumors. It features a hole on the back for the back camera, as well as a cutout for the new, larger speaker. The case also appears to be slightly smaller than first generation iPad cases, and is mostly flat, with tapered edges, to accommodate the new iPad 2 back shell design.

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Steve Jobs at the Table next to President Obama and other Tech Leaders

President Obama was invited to a dinner organized by several Silicon Valley’s tech leaders earlier today, to talk about research and innovation. The White House released a couple shots from the dinner, showing Steve Jobs right next to the President – we’re glad to see that Jobs was well enough to attend this special event.

Other invitees included Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, and Twitter’s Dick Costolo.

[Photo Credit: White House]

Isoball HD for iPad – App Review

If you like puzzlers, Isoball HD is a game you may want to add to your apps wish-list. Isoball HD is an isometric puzzler that will have you build a pathway to guide a marble into a hole. The game looks very much like the old school Marble Madness, with the exception that you do not control the marble directly: the marble will simply roll down a specific path you need to build.

The task sounds easier than it actually is, especially as you progress in the game, as you are offered a limited amount of building blocks to build the path required to guide the marble into the hole. Several basic shapes are offered, from cubes to ramps, as well as more advanced pieces, such as guiding arrows to change the direction of the marble, or bridges, to allow the marble to cross gaps, and even speed boosters, to increase the speed of your marble in order to climb over tall obstacles. All levels typically offer only one valid path, and any digression will result in a broken marble.

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