According to reports, Foxconn is working with Amazon to develop a new smartphone, one which could make a stronger case for business use than its tablet predecessor.
Earlier this month, I broke down a report from Digitimes that claimed Apple would release the newest member of its tablet family in late March or early April 2012. This news came from Apple's premier supplier in China, so it seemed real enough to post about. The source went on to say that Apple would cut down on production of the iPad 2 and begin production of the next iPad in January...
Back in March, Apple was big man on tablet campus. Back then, it would've been crazy to suggest that in a matter of months, a cheaper tablet with less features would be in the limelight. But that's just what is happening. Here we are four days away from the launch of the Kindle Fire, and the tablet has edged the pre-launch demand for the iPad 2 by one percent (5% vs. 4% very likely to buy; based on a ChangeWave survey). Remember that at the time of its launch, the iPad 2 generated enough demand for Apple spokeswoman (Trudy Muller) to describe it as "amazing". Also note that the iPad 2 sold out the Saturday after it was released. The ChangeWave survey also found that more than a quarter of the of the 5% shown in the chart to the right have to delayed their decision to purchase an Apple iPad.