Apple will release the iPad 3 in early 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal's unnamed sources. Rumors suggest the tablet will feature a high-res display.
Apple will apparently manufacture its
first iPad 3 units in October, with an eye toward a launch early next year.
That report comes from the Wall Street
Journal, itself quoting unnamed sources supposedly familiar with the matter. If
verified, that would mean Apple is sticking with the release schedule it
established with previous iPad generations. The original iPad launched in April
2010 (having been unveiled that January), while the iPad 2 made its debut in
The Aug. 19 report adds
that the next iPad "is
expected to feature a high resolution display-2048 by 1536 compared with 1024
by 768 in the iPad 2." The screen will apparently retain the same 9.7-inch size
of previous editions.
That would align with rumors from
earlier this summer that the next iPad will feature a high-resolution "Retina
Display," which started when a tipster included screenshots of some extra-large
images in Apple's upcoming iOS 5 mobile operating system.
"As I was going through the iOS SDK I
came across some images in the new Twitter .framework. The resolution appears
to be 1,536 x 2,048," a tipster wrote to the blog TechUnwrapped
including the aforementioned screenshots to back up those findings. In addition
to the new Twitter .framework, images from Apple's upcoming Newsstand
application-which consolidates iOS users' periodical subscriptions in one
place, while downloading new issues in the background-apparently also featured
Apple will issue iOS 5 sometime this
fall. It is a broad-based update: In addition to Newsstand, new features
include a refined notifications screen, boosted interoperability with Twitter
and an "iMessenger" conversation platform seemingly designed as a direct
competitor to BlackBerry Messenger.
In June, Reuters also paraphrased
Taiwan's Economic Daily as saying the iPad 3 would launch with "image
resolution 5-6 times higher than iPad 2."
The rumor mill is grinding feverishly
over the schedule of Apple's next releases. At the moment, tech publications
and pundits seem to have generally settled on a September-October timeframe for
the release of the next iPhone, popularly dubbed "iPhone 5." However, there's
considerably less buzzing about the next iPad, although Taiwanese publication
DigiTimes suggested this summer that the tablet would be launched sometime this
fall (which in turn contradicted its report from the spring that the iPad 3
would most likely make its debut in 2012).
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