No one can escape the Apple iPad, last year it sold more than all the other tablets put together. It has been one of Apples biggest success stories in recent years. The next version of the iPad is due to go on sale sometime in April, near the 1st anniversary of the first iPad launch.
Last month there were rumours that the iPad 2 would have a 2048×1536 pixel resolution ‘Retina’ panel, but latest leaks confirm that the panel is in fact an Lg Phillips 9.7in XGA 1024×768 H-IPS display. Speaking with some insiders in Taipei this week, KitGuru heard that the iPad 3 could launch at the very start of 2012. While this sounds like a rather implausible time frame, we have read reports by John Gruber, one of the industries best sourced Apple writers that this is possible.
Gruber says: “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.”
Gruber actually believes that Apple could eventually move the iPad to an end of year release schedule, and not spring. As we all know, Apple fans are the first adopters, even if they own the previous model. We can expect many auctions to be appearing on ebay shortly as customers flog their current models, with the intention to upgrade.
Many people are feeling a little disappointed to hear that the iPad 2 will not have the 2048×1536 resolution Retina display, but it looks as if the version after this will indeed have the super high resolution display. Obviously none of this is confirmed on any level by Apple, but by then other manufacturers will be releasing higher resolution tablets, so it makes sense for Apple to leapfrog ahead of the competition, yet again for their third generation tablet release.
KitGuru says: We do know that the iPad2 has camera technology with front mounted camera for video conferencing and social networking.