Apple's iPad 3 is unlikely to make an appearance in 2011, according to a DigiTimes report. That would contradict some rumors from earlier this year.
is unlikely to release an iPad 3 in 2011, according to a new DigiTimes report.
accurate, that would shoot down rumors from earlier this year that Apple
intends to follow up the March launch of the iPad 2 with another tablet before
the holidays. Although an "iPad 3" launch before the end of the year would
represent a severe deviation from the company's usual roadmap, and its annual
product refreshes, those rumors nonetheless proved highly tenacious.
comes the April 12
report in DigiTimes
, citing unnamed "upstream component makers," that no
iPad 3 is coming in the near-term, and that Apple is still deciding on possible
panels for future tablets. Apparently, that planning remains in the initial
stages, making any products "unlikely" to make a showing in 2011.
sources pointed out that they have not yet received any notice for next-generation
iPad products and do not believe iPad 2 is a transitional product," reads the
report. "With iPad 2's strong shipment order forecast from Apple, the sources
believe iPad 3 will not appear in the short term."
a Feb. 9 posting on his "Daring Fireball" blog, John Gruber posted a "theory"
concerning the iPad's release roadmap. Discussing the summer launch of
Hewlett-Packard's upcoming TouchPad tablet, he wrote: "Summer feels like a long
time away. If my theory is right, they're not only going to be months behind
the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the
release of the iPad 3."
that day, Gruber clarified his pronouncement: "How could Apple release a
third-generation iPad just six months or so after the second one?" he wrote.
"Maybe it won't be an actual next-generation model. Maybe it's more like an
iPad 2.5, or iPad 2 Pro."
or not, other publications promptly leapt on Gruber's postings like a defensive
lineman on a loose football. By the morning of Feb. 10, the
Washington Post's headline
-"iPad 3 to have Fall 2011 launch? Some say it
makes sense"-was front-and-center on Google News.
iPad 3 theories contribute to what's already a media-fueled furnace of
speculation over everything iPad-related. Apple's lack of official word on its
upcoming products has a habit of driving analysts and bloggers into a frenzy.
In the months ahead of each iPad's successive unveiling, the blogosphere buzzes
with "news" and rumors of possible features and form-factors.
a widely circulated source of Apple news, DigiTimes' own predictions sometimes
fail to pan out. For example, a Jan. 20 story suggested that the iPad 2 would
boast 2,048-by-1,536 resolution, which in turn would play into Apple's larger
plans for its ecosystem. "The larger resolution should provide the company's app
developers more convenience," it read
all future applications will be able to run under any of Apple's machines
including the 27-inch iMac."
iPad 2's actual 1,024-by-768 resolution undermined that prediction, although
analysts such as IDC research manager Tom Mainelli subsequently suggested that
Apple's higher definition "Retina Display" screen could make an appearance in a
future iPad, which itself might not make an appearance until 2012.