Apple's next generation tablet just a stop-gap until Apple iPad 3 launch in Q3 2012?
While the tablet going into production now is only a stop-gap device, that doesn't mean that there aren't any positive changes. The upgraded iPad 2 is expected to be thinner than the current model and offer longer battery life. DigiTimes adds that due to the Chinese Lunar New Year Holidays in January, Apple will begin to ship small amounts of the upgraded iPad 2 this quarter. There is no rush for Apple to refresh its current tablet as some retailers are telling DigiTimes that the current Apple iPad 2 remains the most popular tablet in the IT market at present.