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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 MrTeal on 12/12/2011 4:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I agree with your points on the costs involved with the displays, but I'll admit I don't know enough about the LCD manufacturing process to say for certain. Making a 24" high resolution panel does't require any higher PPI count than current displays. QXGA in a 24" monitor would still only be 107PPI, which is right in the range of most current displays. It's not like you need super small pixels, just more of them. 27" 2560x1440 displays are available and have a higher pixel density. The driving electronics would require an update over 1080p to deal with the higher resolutions, but silicon exists that drives the 2560x1440 panels so I don't see why that should be a showstopper. The similar PPI on a 24" QXGA monitor to existing monitors also means that the lack of good resolution independence isn't a big issue.

I agree my assertion that 4:3 > 16:9 is personal preference, but then any of these things are. I think 16:9 is fine for many home users with a single monitor, but the generally in a multi-monitor setup you're often limited more by horizontal room than vertical. Since many things are formatted to be similar to 8.5x11, something like a page a a PDF is usually higher than it is wide. Full screen you either end up with bars on the side or so zoomed in that the text is needlessly large. You can always run two PDFs side by side windowed on a 16:9 to get a better utilization, but that's not an ideal solution in my mind. Win7 is nice with its ability to drag a document to the edge of a screen and dock it to half width, but it doesn't let you dock to the middle between monitors.

IMO, the only real benefit of 16:9 over 4:3 is in playing movies and TV shows. You can do things like move your start menu to the side of the screen, but with many programs you're often still stuck with large menus at the top of the window that can't be moved.

RE: 3 million pixels
By 3DoubleD on 12/13/2011 4:51:25 AM , Rating: 2
FYI, you can dock a window on the middle screen edges by using "windows key" + left/right arrows. Now, on a dual screen setup, you can dock 4 half screen windows!

I agree, though 4:3 FTW. I have a malfunctioning 20" 4:3 LCD that I've had in the corner of my office for months. I refuse to throw it away because I keep hoping I'll have the time (and luck) to fix it. Such a rare and valuable commodity.

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