iPad 3 Prototype Spotted in the Wild: While the web focuses on all the shiny new toys at this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show, Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) freakishly devoted acolytes continue to sniff out rumors and news about those devices conspicuously defining trends at the trade show. The next version of the iPad tablet is one such device. iLounge’s Jeremy Horwitz posted potential features of the iPad 3 on his Twitter account on Friday, claiming that the new tablet will have improved front and rear cameras, be slightly thicker than the current model, and will release sometime around March just like its predecessor’s March launch in 2011. Horwitz followed up on Tuesday with a report that he’s gotten to see prototype components used in the new model, and that these parts indicate that the iPad 3 will be little more than an incremental upgrade over the iPad 2. This certainly jives with previous rumors about the device that pointed to a new high-resolution screen as the major improvement over older models.
iPhone 4S Nabs Apple 43% Share of U.S. Smartphone Market in Fall ’11: The NPD Group had good news for Apple in a new report (via TechCrunch) on the U.S. smartphone market during the third quarter of 2011. While Apple’s share of the market during the third quarter in 2010 was just 26%, that figure jumped to 43% thanks to strong sales of the new iPhone 4S. This placees it neck and neck with phones running on Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, which accounted for 47% of smartphones sold throughout October and November. That’s a steep fall from the 60% market share Android enjoyed during the same period in 2010. Poor Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), meanwhile, saw its share decline to just 6%, down from 20% the previous year.
OnLive Brings Microsoft Windows to iPad: To date, streaming-media company OnLive has been in the business of streaming video games to PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Now the company is streaming PCs to tablets, in a manner of speaking of course. The company announced a new service at CES that allows iPad users to stream a complete Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 7 interface to a tablet. The intended allure is access to the Microsoft Office suite of apps, including Microsoft Word and Excel. An exact release date for the app hasn’t been announced.
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