Whilst the iPad 3 rumor mill have been going for months, with more or less credible rumors and predictions, the recent week has seen speculations around release date move from late 2011 into early 2012, with main cause of delay being issues around sourcing iPad 3 Retina displays. Now the Wall Street Journal is weighing in on the topic as well, referring to sources familiar with Apple’s plans for the iPad 3.
WSJ is reporting that Apple is working with component providers and manufacturers in Asia for a trial production of the third generation iPad from October onwards with the aim of launching it globally in early 2012, which is more or less in line with the normal iPad upgrade cycle.
The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display – 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 – and Apple’s suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device.
Sources are indicating that Apple has placed orders for parts for about 1.5 million units for 4th quarter of this year, as suppliers are working hard on lowering cost and improving yield rates for the different parts for start of 2012, likely to primarily referring to the Retina display production.
Delivering Retina display is seen as a key for the iPad 3 as it was one aspect that early on was rumored for the current iPad 2, but could not be delivered at that time. Timing is also important for Apple that is fighting off the Android devices left, right and center, using any means at their disposal, including their current legal patent battles with the likes of HTC and Samsung. Whilst Apple still have a good control of the tablet market they can’t afford to rest on their laurels as competitors intend to give them a hard fight. Not to mention what might come out of the recent announcement of Google buying Motorola Mobility.
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