Apple iPad 3 to arrive in March, followed by iPad 4 in October to fend off the Windows 8 slates

Apple iPad 3 to arrive in March, followed by iPad 4 in October to fend off the Windows 8 slates
Those talkative "component supplier" sources that are always feeding ideas to Digitimes, are rearing their heads again with the grand scoop that Apple will be outing iPad 3 in March, followed by an iPad 4 in October, which, if true, will shorten the upgrade cycle to half a year.

Not that we didn't hear rumors last year that there will be an iPad 3 with higher display resolution in the fall, which never materialized, but the sources say iPad 4 is necessitated by the fact that the first Windows 8 slates will be arriving then, which is much more believable.

The iPad 3 is said to come with QXGA (1,536x2,048 pixels) resolution, which we've heard numerous times, and longer battery life. We've also heard rumors that the high resolution required two LED light bars to be installed instead of one, which had made the slate slightly thicker than the iPad 2, but on the other hand it seems more room for a battery has been made, if the claim for a longer-lasting juicer is to be believed. The main goal here is to introduce the iPad 3 at the current iPad 2 price, which will be allegedly lowered to $399, to battle the influx of affordable Android and other tablets.

The iPad 4, on the other hand, is said to receive not only a more impressive hardware upgrade than the iPad 3 (quad-core A6 anyone?), but also to bank heavily on groundbreaking software side of things with some "integrated applications", whatever that means. 

This one will have the first Windows 8 tablets to battle, both the ARM-based, and the ones with the new Clover Trail platform of Intel, which promises much better battery life than previous Intel mobile offerings, plus all the Windows programs you throw at it, of course, which is a major advantage. Both Acer and Lenovo are already said to out Clover Trail Windows 8 slates in Q3, so competition will be heating up in the tablet space this year, much to our delight.

source: Digitimes



1. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

apple looks afraid....

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

why are they afraid? windows 8 is a myth like a unicorn

13. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Why they are afraid? Cuz we all know a tablet is just big smartphone and that's it. Win8 is just anything but that ... And yes they are afraid cuz everyone with some common sense will go and even consider Win8 tablet instead of iPad, cuz you have a full working PC in your hands. That's why this unicorn is a myth but we all have seen it ;)

22. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Just saying a tablet is a big phone is misleading because it is such a huge difference when using the device. It's actually enjoyable to play more video gams and watch video on this big phone which I am currently using. That being said I will say I am looking forward to looking at a windows eight tablet. It's not going to be the first full fledged operating system on a tablet at all not even close but I bet windows eight is gonna or I atliest hope it's gonna be what is truly needed and not to contradict my earlier statement but have a tablet that's not just a bigger version of a phone and have it be practal to use come with great battery life along with the full capable game playing (with in reason) and functions of a full fledged computer

23. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

They are going to release windows 8 for version tablets only just LIKE the ipad with Metro UI and runs apps only not the pc programs, and they are going to release a PC version that runs apps and pc programs but if they put it in "slate" a bet it will just last for 3 hours

14. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

so you actually think windows 8 is a myth? seriously, you should not make any comment unless you read tech news for the next 1 year....

21. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

oh please you people MS is soooooooo sloooooooooww they're gonna start beta next month and your expecting them to release it THIS year. Apple and andriod are raping the market because their fast and thats what business needs. Just look at WP7 its very disappointing

17. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

You're a myth like a unicorn...

32. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@drahmad. Nah, it's android OEM's who are afraid. That's why they feel the need to release a new phone every 4 months :)

2. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i would want a win8 any ways

3. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am not a tablet person, but I am hopeful WP8 on the market will be a success. Not because I think Microsoft needs it, but because I think the consumer and these other manufacturers need it. I have no doubt Android Tablets will at some point produce a runaway hit, but until one strikes gold, wouldn't it be nice to see Apple up their game due to competition to the iPad as opposed to making small improvements if they feel like it? Not meaning to sound negative to Apple. No company would invest more money than it has to if it has the product everyone wants and is assured a hit. If Android and WP8 do not threaten the iPad's success, why would they up their game?

4. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

actually i hate apple because of her closed system ...

33. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@drahmad. Just don't buy Apple products. No need to hate anyone :)

5. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

the iDap 3 is sooo not going to be $400 like the iDap 2 its going to cost waay more i bet that it will be more than the blackberry playbook

7. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

ummmmmm it says the ipad 2 will be lowered to $399. What are you reading?

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Two iPads same year? I don't think so. Perhaps an iPhone 5 then an iPad 3.

9. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

No way does Apple market products like this--if this were even remotely close as being true--The ipad 2 & 3 would not even be considered anymore. I only believe the ipad 3 release for March---and that's it.....

10. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This truly would be awful news for ifans if its true,after all they just bought an ipad2 so they MUST buy the the ipad 3 in 3 months time and then the apple pr guff will compel them to buy the ipad 4 a few months later in October. Each device being almost the exact same but each new ipad is a 'new' one so they must buy it as it changes everything again again. Its definitely a sign of apple running scared of the top android tabs coming this year and the window tabs also but they no doubt will score massive cash sales from ifans upgrading model to model.

25. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I pad 2 has been out a year android fan man. I love android too and prefer it actually but I have had my iPad almost going on a year when the three should be released and I will not get the three at all. But that just me. My iPad works great. But actually I probably will get an android or windows eight next.

11. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

This is exciting. Apple and Microsoft going head to head again, it's like a deja vu of the beginning of the Mac vs PC era.

12. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

tablets are pointless i need a tablet with a full operating system not some s**t that can only browse the internet and download porn at 4g speeds. i suppose I would like a good slate that doesnt cost $1200

24. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

thumbs downed by some ipad angry bird playing child

36. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Behold! The Archos 9 PC tablet, ~$500, looks like it was designed for ease of use, the screen is resistive (the "soft" touchscreen) instead of capacitive, but I could get over it, three hour battery life though. Samsung however, the series 7 tablets, running full Windows 7, they claim 7 hrs battery life $1000-$1300, I'm eying these at the moment, but am waiting what Archos replaces the Archos 9 PC tablet with.

27. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Really? Because when i'm watching tv and want to browse the web, read forums, buy s**t online, or watch porn... I don't want to have to have my laptop. I like my tablet. On top of that, I use my GT10.1 about 2-3 hours a day and charge it maybe once a week, can't say that about my laptop and I have a special laptop with about an 8-10 hour battery life. Tablets are pointless for people who can't afford to spend $600 on a toy. Some of us can.

30. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

thats exactly the point. i dont want a laptop, i want a full computer in a tablet form factor. the argument of a owning a tablet is convenience. however, there is no functionality for doing anything outside of what you mentioned, &, thus, is a problem. i dont want to lug a laptop around but at the same time i dont want to pay an excessive amount for the current production slates. there is a significant price gap

15. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

would apple release 2 ipads in 2012...doesnt seem very apple like to me.

16. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

Are these the same suppliers who talked about the iPhone 5 with the 4 inch screen in 2011? Apple has just reorganized their launch schedule and they certainly are not going to release a iPad 4 at the same time as the iPhone 5 or 4GS or whatever is launched in Q4. Enough with the BS rumors already.

18. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

2 in one year? Yikes. apple barely upgrades their equipment with one new device a year. what will these have added? the second will probably be a new color available.

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think this guy sounds afraid as Apple he wants Apple too rush out all 3rd & 4th iPad

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

integrated applications = WIDGETS!!! lololol here we go again.

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