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  (Source: applenerd.net)
iPad 2 successor possibly to hit stores as early as February

While this can be lumped squarely in the "unconfirmed" column, rumors have begun swirling about the possibility of Apple's next-generation tablet, the iPad 3, launching within the next "three to four months."

Anonymous sources in the supply chain are cited by DigiTimes saying that the parts and components for the iPad 3 are being delivered to OEM contractors while reducing deliveries for the iPad 2. 

"OEM production of iPad 2 will remain high at 14-15 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 but decline to 4-5 million units in the first quarter of 2012, paving the way for the launch of the new iPads," DigiTimes writes.

The rumors are bolstered by further reports from a Chinese Commercial Times report that says Foxconn will begin production on the new models in January, and increasing production by February.

The aforementioned anonymous supply-chain sources say that anywhere from 9.5 to 9.8 million units of the iPad 3 will be produced in Q1 of 2012.

Another report from last week, this one from the L.A. Times, cited February as the target launch date, so the new timeframe isn't too far off. 

According to the Times, the iPad 3 will be similar to its predecessor, but will include Apple's retina display, doubling the resolution found on the current model.

The original iPad launched in April 2010. The iPad 2 launched in March 2011. If Apple's 11-month trend for next generation of its popular tablet continues, February 2012 would be the target.

With increased competition in the tablet market from the likes of Microsoft and additional Android offerings, Apple might be feeling a sense of urgency to stay ahead of the curve if it wants to hold on to its tablet market share.

Sources: DigiTimes, LA Times



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RE: 3 million pixels
By FaceMaster on 12/12/2011 2:01:23 PM , Rating: 3
I'm perfectly happy with my 24" 1920x1200 monitor, but I'd never say no to a higher resolution panel. I think that some people miss the point of higher resolution displays ('Oh no! The text will be so small you won't be able to read it OOBLEOOBLEOOBLE'), when I'm thinking of it more as '4 pixels to what was previously every 1', making text much smoother and prettier.

All you have to do is to see one of the latest phones, then to imagine having that sort of clarity and definition extended to 30" monitor size. Once the DPI gets high enough we'll finally be able to do away with cleartype and text will finally look like it's meant to.

Oh and games should look pretty good as well.


RE: 3 million pixels
By BansheeX on 12/12/2011 2:07:22 PM , Rating: 5
Resolution increases beyond a certain point increase bandwidth and rendering overhead dramatically without much visible benefit.


RE: 3 million pixels
By FaceMaster on 12/18/2011 10:08:15 AM , Rating: 2
You're right- and if you asked my Dad where that cut-off point was, he'd say at Teletext in the 70's. Besides, who cares if text is made of 10 pixels instead of 50?

Personally I still see room for improvement, and I'm willing to suffer increased bandwidth and rendering overhead to get there.


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