Here are your Apple rumors and news items for Thursday:
iPad 3-D: Rumors about a third-generation iPad have cooled in the weeks since the iPad 2 was released in March, with all signs pointing to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) giving its popular new tablet room to breathe with consumers. However, a rumor at RCR claims to have at least one detail on the next Apple iPad — it will apparently have a 3-D screen and many Hollywood studios are reportedly rushing to prepare 3-D movie content for the device. The article goes on to say that sources at iPad manufacturer Foxconn have also hinted that the next iPad include a 3-D screen. Glasses-free 3-D screens are becoming increasingly common in consumer electronics like Nintendo’s (PINK:NTDOY) 3DS handheld gaming device and LG’s upcoming Optimus 3D smartphone, but it’s still unclear whether consumers are interested in the technology.
Hearst to iPad: The iPad’s stable of digital magazines has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past week. Hearst magazines will now appear on the tablet as well. According to The Wall Street Journal, iPad owners will be able to read Esquire, O, and Popular Mechanics on their tablets starting in July. Single issues will cost $2, while annual subscriptions will cost $20. Hearst is the first publisher to begin selling multiple magazines through Apple’s digital storefront. Apple came under fire earlier this year when it announced that it would require all magazine publishers to sell digital subscriptions through iTunes and its app store, requiring that they surrender 30% of each sale to Apple.
Taking the “Pulse”: Apple has often relied on its popular Internet forums for listening to consumer complaints and requests. According to one of Apple Insider‘s readers, though, the company has kicked off a new initiative called “Apple Customer Pulse.” Emails were sent to Apple account holders this week asking them to take place in two surveys a month, answering questions about and rating various Apple products and services.