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iPad 2 lines already forming at Texas Apple Store

We still have a full 4 days to go, but it looks like lines for the iPad 2 release on March 11th have already started forming outside of an Apple Store in Texas.

Maccast listener David sent me this snapshot of a tent apparently already outside a temporary Apple Store location in Texas.

The tent is said to belong to Justin Wagoner, who was also first in line at a Texas Apple retail store when they released the iPhone 4 last summer. The Apple Store in question is actually a temporary location for the Knox Street location in Texas which is currently undergoing renovations.

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iPad 2 JavaScript speed test

CNET UK was able to take the iPad 2 running iOS 4.3 out for a test drive and the results are hypercar impressive -- 2097ms. iOS 4.3 and its new Safari Nitro engine gets a lot of the credit -- it blows iPhone 4 and the original iPad past the likes of the Nexus S and Galaxy Tab as well (they've been unable to test a Xoom as of yet), but that Apple A5 is enough to power iPad 2 to very top.

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iPhone 5 set to abandon glass back in favor of aluminum?

According to a translated Chinese source (I know, a little sketchy to say the least) the iPhone 5 will revert to an aluminum back panel, in place of the latest generation's entire glass affair. The picture above is a concept however we would expect Apple to also provide a flash for the camera!

The source claims that Apple will dump the glass panel due to problems with scratching, breaking and the weight of the panel. The iPhone 5 is claimed to more resemble the latest iPod touch design. The original iPhone also had an aluminum rear panel and many still believe this model had the best build quality.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Monday, March 7

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • TaskMatrix: Simple, no-nonsense, interactive Task Manager for iPad with a grid-like UI. [$3.99 - iTunes link]

  • iStreamNet: (Jailbreak): Stream TV shows directly in your iOS device. [Available via Cydia]

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Can an Apple, divided against itself, stand?

Speaking of John Siracusa, he has an interesting post up on his Fat Bits blog concerning the Apple strategy tax -- whether Apple's increasingly divergent interests, from iTunes to iOS to App Store to iAds, will inevitably lead to compromise, contention, and/or conflict.

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Is iPad 2 an ARM Cortex A9 or two Cortex A8s?

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Verizon iPhone gets carrier file update

Welcome to iOS, Verizon iPhone users -- Apple is sending a carrier update your way! We don't know what it does yet but typically carrier update files control carrier-specific features like personal hotspot, tethering, links, network settings, etc.

Have you gotten the Verizon iPhone carrier update yet? Notice any differences?

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AT&T: Keep grandfathered unlimited data on iPad 2, $100 off original iPad

Worried about your unlimited AT&T iPad data if you upgrade to iPad 2, or maybe you just want to save $100 on an original iPad? Well, good news on both fronts!

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Best Buy to deploy iPad to salesforce?

Forbes suggests Best Buy might be getting ready to roll out iPads to it's 1,100 store strong salesforce.

A source with knowledge of corporate mobile device deployments tells Forbes that one of the country’s top 10 largest retailers expects to distribute iPads to each of its on-floor sales associates. This retailer, the source adds, operates 1,100 stores across the U.S. As the country’s largest electronics retailer — as well as a retailer that currently operates around 1,100 stores in the U.S. — Best Buy is a natural match.

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