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iPad 2 display emerges from China?

It looks like our good friends over at 9 To 5 Mac and iFixYouri have managed to get their hands on what might just be an iPad 2 display fresh from the assembly lines in China. According to them, the display is lighter as well as just over a 1 mm thinner than the current generation iPad display. The frame around the screen is also noticeably smaller as well.This seems to make sense as all of Apple's products have been getting smaller and thinner recently, and reducing the iPad's weight would be a huge plus.

The part number (LP097X02-SLN1) appears to be an LG Phillips 9.7in XGA 1024×768 H-IPS display, which is the same resolution as the current iPad. This matches up with theories that it's still too expensive to go to a 2x 2048x1536 Retina Display this year, and it's a non-starter for developers to go 1.5x or anything in between.

Check out some candid shots of both displays after the break and let us know -- would you be happy with this display in iPad 2?

[ 9 To 5 Mac ]

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Google Shopper for iPhone available now

Google has released Google Shopper for iPhone, which was previously only available for Android devices. Google Shopper is an app that provides information on products that you may wish to buy and lets you read product reviews and compare prices at online and local stores, using location services.

You can search for a product using text input, Voice Search or by scanning the barcode with the iPhone camera. Once you have found the product you want, you can then find the item at nearby retailers and with some stores you can even check if they have it in stock. You can also build gift lists and star products for future purchase as well as share items with friends across your social network.

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Wednesday, February 2

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!

  • GadgetTrak: Track your iPhone using GPS. Update includes push notifications to initiate tracking and the ability to remotely trigger all cameras in an effort to help you find your stolen iPhone. [$0.99 - iTunes link]

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VZ Transfer app restores contacts to your new Verizon iPhone

Verizon Wireless has released VZ Transfer into the App Store, allowing Verizon iPhone users to restore contact information from Verizon's Backup Assistant service to their newly purchased iPhone 4.

This application is only for Verizon wireless users. Download the free application to transfer your contacts from your Backup Assistant device to your new device. All your contacts will be transferred to your new device with in minutes.

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Angry Birds Seasons getting a Valentines update

The next update to Angry Birds Seasons will be a Valentine’s Day special. Rovio has announced that the update will be coming in the next week.

The update will include 15 new levels, bonus content, surprises and fun, all in the spirit of Valentine’s Day! So expect loved up birds and pigs, fluffy hearts and cupid arrows flying around your screen.

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Apple responds on Sony Reader rejection: "We have not changed our guidelines"

Apple has responded to news this morning about rejecting the Sony Reader app from the App Store for not using Apple's in-app purchase system, which could have a broader impact on other apps like Kindle, Netflix and Hulu+. All Things Digital spoke with Apple Spokesperson Trudy Miller who stated the following about Apple's recent move:

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Apple seeds iOS 4.3 beta 3 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV

As rumored, Apple released Apple iOS 4.3 beta 3 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV to developers. No word yet on what, if any, differences it might contain from previous betas (see our iOS 4.3 beta walkthrough) but if you notice any drop us an email or add them to the comments below.

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Netgear CEO issues apology via email for Steve Jobs comments

It appears as if Netgear's CEO is trying to back peddle his way out of those harsh words he had for Steve Jobs and Apple yesterday. In an email, Patrick Lo says he still feels the same towards Apple keeping iOS closed but says he does apologize for the remarks he made about Apple's CEO Steve Jobs.

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Apple seeding iOS 4.3 beta 3 to developers today?

Could iOS 4.3 beta 3 arrive for developers today? BGR claims their sources say it is so and build 8F5166b no less. There was only a week between beta 1 and beta 2 which is faster than Apple's usual 2 week pace but there was no new beta last week.

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Google 'Instant Previews' appearing on iOS devices.

Google 'Instant Previews' is slowly appearing on iPhones and iPads.

Google rolled out their 'Instant Search' feature to iOS last November which allowed you to see instant results as you typed in your search. 'Instant Previews' allows you to view a screenshot of any webpage before loading it up, saving you time in the long run.

'Instant Previews' is accessed by tapping a small magnifying glass next to a result, which opens a new UI (reminicent to Safari's Tab UI) so you can scroll through all the different page screenshots.

Instant Previews hasn't hit all iOS devices yet, and Google is still yet to make an official announcement.

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