Analyst: Next Apple iPad coming in February with a higher resolution screen

Analyst: Next Apple iPad coming in February with a higher resolution screen
Richard Gardner, an analyst with Citi, told his clients on Thursday that the next Apple iPad will launch in February. The Apple iPad 3 is expected to be equipped with a screen that will have double the resolution of the current model. February certainly sounds like a possible launch date for the next version of Apple's tablet. After all, we recently told you that the Cupertino based company is slowing down production of the iPad 2 to gear up for the Apple iPad 3. Despite this slowdown, the analyst estimates that Apple will ring up sales of 12-13 million iPad units in the current quarter.

As far as the higher resolution is concerned, last month we pointed out how a tablet with Retina display could find itself used more by certain professionals. In aviation, an Apple iPad 3 with Retina display could be used by pilots to replace their bulky flight charts. The FCC doesn't allow tablets to do such a substitution at present due to the resolution available on current devices. Additionally, the higher resolution display will allow the Apple iPad 3 to be used in the medical industry, replacing workstations used by Doctors and Radiologists to make a diagnosis.

Despite rumors that Apple's partners have had continuing problems producing high resolution screens in volume for the Apple iPad 3, the Citi analyst told his clients that "there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining" that would stop Apple from offering a high-resolution iPad.

source: BusinessInsider

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23 Comments

1. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

If only it could actually replace a laptop, I could see someone getting one.

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

For some people, it really does replace a larger computer. As nerds, we are used to the internet from 1996 to about 2004 when the internet required different media players and plug ins to work. Also, the kind of people using computers and the internet were different. Today, we live in a more consumption internet where people log on to get information, not necessarily to produce it. Video standards are more defined and universal. When the average person gets online, they tend to read, play games, or watch video...all things you can do on an iPad or any tablet really. Sure, not everyone can replace their computer with an iPad, but most people could...

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I still feel like tablets have a ways to go before anyone could seriously think about only having one without owning a desktop or laptop computer. I still see them as big iPods with a few extra features.

15. Kallistos

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

To your point of having a tablet sans desktop, I shat my pants in fear. Portability versus functionality, I'll keep my tower for years to come.

22. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

I am waiting for Windows 8 tablets, although I am very happy with my current iPad 1. It is starting to lag because of new updates and I need a new tablet... I but might get the WIndows 8 one because it is a full operating software

2. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

Man this sucks, why haven't the 2560x1600 monitors dropped in price yet. They should be worth $400-600 by now, yet they're still lingering around $1000...

3. imkyle

Posts: 1112; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

If Apple does introduce the ipad 3 and Samsung does the 11.6 tablet with monster resolutions.... will the Asus eee pad transformer prime be left in the shadows?

11. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

It has to actually happen first. This looks great on paper, but unlike the Transformer that actually is a real product, while the iPad/Samsung is just a concept

4. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Everyone is making excuse why iPad should exist and have all sorts of functions. As it is only a toy for sliding fingers on games and basic Facebook check for iT-illiterate, we must justify it by pushing it to the limits of professional use, to near-hazard sensitive situations, to show how useful it really is. The underlying truth is that this is all marketing, powered by our egos.

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow you seem really concern... please submitt your opinion as Apple does care... to appledoesntcareaboutyoubitching@apple.com

12. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

tablets are for screwing around and nothing more

13. antifanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

What a loser and obsessed with Apple

17. hepresearch unregistered

And what if it actually works in these situations? Then will it still be only a toy? Or will it still be powered by marketing ego alone? If I had a tablet like the iPad, I would certainly explore its usefulness by pushing it to its limits.

19. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This is the greatest of all illusions, and I will tell you why. Tablets, and every new technology invented for mass consumption in late capitalism for that matter, is actually without its native function, with just a suggestive power of potential for different functions. So, this is pretty much a selfulfilling prophecy - we will launch a product for which there is no actual market demand, and say it will have potential for every function you can imagine - so all that we do (the World in general) is perpetualy finding the uses for this product, and when we find it (and that's most often), we can say it's really useful. And that's how it's done: constructing the reality of its usefullness, making it must-have, and most of all, everyone will not be able to find that something is wrong with that, because when something actually works, then it's automatically justified. This non-critical, concrete and performative way of thinking is sympthomatic to late capitalism, where humans are ultimate consuming machines, with so-called democratization on every truth, guided by relative and indifferent attitude towards everything, allowing this kind of manipulation to grow. So, back to your question: what if really would work? Of course it will work, but it doesn't jeopardize the fact that it's use is forced, not needed. This is also the most powerfull alibi that allows legitimization of all Apple products (and therefore all products that emerged from its paradigm). Is there a one actual scientific study concerning usability of tablets? If anyone knows, please direct me there. There are however fair number of articles on that issue, and some of them share my theory that tablets, in terms of user interface, are ideal for consuption of content that was made by someone else, and most difficult for productivity, that is, for creating content. So, just because using something on simple touchscreen looks more aestheticized than dealing with clunky keyboard and mouse on the table, it surely suggests that we are collectively imagining things - that tablets are here for professional use. So, as a symptom, the whole world is hysteric to put iPad in all kind of functions, to establish its credibility and ingenius concept. When something emerges from complete void, like iPad did, the result is excesive energy invested in justifying it, and we don't even see it, because we are just machines that have simple task: find function for iPad, and when you find it, that is the reason why is good. And what if it actually works on SOME professional uses? Then it is just another legitimization, and the puppet-show can resume.

24. hepresearch unregistered

Okay, now that you explain it that way, I think perhaps we agree on a lot more than either of us think... nevertheless, the proven fact that something is useful (once it has actually been proven, of course) is never an illusion. Although it may be true that it is not necessary, and hence the "need" aspect of it IS an illusion, the usefulness is not an illusion. Traditionally, necessity is the mother of invention, but the consumer economy in our day has convinced us that invention is often the mother of necessity. That is an illusion, and a dangerous one at that, leading to dependency on emerging technologies and infrastructure which can be developed and manipulated into introducing more and more intentional vulnerability over time. We are being set up for top-down control, as well as manufactured crisis on an epic scale.

8. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Quadcore, 1080p, 2Gb ram, and 1 week battery life or go home. Transformer prime is the best bet for me so far.

10. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Maybe not a 1 week battery life, but I totally agree with everything else, if not more

9. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

yeah right all lies until i see it. I really don't give a crap about Apple

18. hepresearch unregistered

You gave enough of a crap to leave this worthless dung-pile of a post here... no wonder the iFans all come over and attack the Fandroids on their news items. The fanboy wars keep getting fueled by this ongoing grudge-fest that no one is willing to stop because nobody seems to think outside of their preferred OS for long enough to realize that it is pointless.

14. antifanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

A quadcore LTE iPad would be nice

16. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

It'll probably be 1.5Ghz dualcore LTE 1600x1200. Highly doubt it'll be 2048x1536.

21. jacko unregistered

and $2000 knowing crapple

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ALL tablets are toys.. they may be fun toys.. and they can definitely be useful toys.. but they are still just toys. They still have a good few laps to go before they do any computer replacing for all but the lightest users.

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