Last-Minute iPad 3 Rumors: Liquidmetal Shipping Parts, 4G iPads in Apple's Inventory Database

As Apple's media event approaches, we've been noting a few last-minute rumors that deserve special mention.

First, Liquidmetal Technologies late yesterday announced that it had begun "shipping commercial parts to several of its customers world-wide". While the customers are unnamed, shipments are said to have begun in December and will be continuing in the months ahead.

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Apple acquired the rights to Liquidmetal's technology related to amorphous metal alloys for use in all consumer electronics applications back in 2010, while Liquidmetal has retained its rights in all other fields of use. While Liquidmetal has not named Apple as one of its customers for which it is shipping parts, the timing of the announcement is certainly raising some eyebrows.

Apple reportedly tested Liquidmetal's alloys in the SIM removal tool included with the iPhone 3G, but there has not yet been any evidence of it included in other Apple products.

Second, 9to5Mac reports that the "J2A" iPad for which part numbers leaked last week is now showing up in Apple's inventory systems as a "4G" device.

MD369LL/A – IPAD WI-FI 4G 16GBLACK – USA.

Apple is widely expected to introduce 4G LTE capabilities on at least some of its cellular-capable iPad 3 models, bringing significantly faster data speeds in areas where the technology has been rolled out by carriers.

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Top Rated Comments

Virtualball Avatar
158 months ago
eBay spilled the beans this morning.

That's most likely a guess. I know Amazon frequently "leaks future Apple products and software" but they're always guesses.

Also, why would Apple tell eBay about their super secret product? Apple doesn't even use eBay as a retail option.
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rmwebs Avatar
158 months ago
eBay spilled the beans this morning.

Yes, because Apple are really going to pre-advise ebay so they can have people re-sell iPads 3's and rip people off.:rolleyes:
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Bear Avatar
158 months ago
eBay spilled the beans this morning.
That's only ebays guess at what Apple is announcing.
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nickn Avatar
158 months ago
That's most likely a guess. I know Amazon frequently "leaks future Apple products and software" but they're always guesses.

Also, why would Apple tell eBay about their super secret product? Apple doesn't even use eBay as a retail option.

I tried the search again a few minutes later and it didn't come up with anything. The search was blank every time. Seems like eBay made a mistake...
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nickn Avatar
158 months ago
eBay spilled the beans this morning.
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