New report says Apple iPad 3 to launch in March or April

New report says Apple iPad 3 to launch in March or April
Just the other day, we told you about a Citi analyst who is calling for the Apple iPad 3 to launch in February with a higher resolution display. Now, another Citi analyst named Kevin Chang, checked in with his supplier sources and found that Foxconn plans on manufacturing the next version of the iPad starting in January with full scale production ramping up in February. This dovetails with information that DigiTimes received from part suppliers to the Apple iPad 3 calling for a launch in March or April.

The latest Apple tablet is expected to be equipped with a  quad-core A6 processor under the hood, and a higher resolution screen measuring 2048x1536. As the transition to the iPad 3 takes place, there would be production of 14 to 15 million Apple iPad 2 units in the fall, slowing rapidly to 4 million produced in the winter. Between 9.5 to 9.8 million copies of the Apple iPad 3 are expected to be produced in the first three months of 2012. The idea is to have enough product on hand to make up for the end of the iPad 2's production life with ample units of the newer model.

While sales-wise the Apple iPad 2 has been facing competition from the low priced Amazon Kindle Fire, it will run into some competition on the high-end from the quad-core powered Asus Transformer Prime. With a detachable QWERTY keyboard, the latter should go on sale during the week of December 19th. That would give Asus a few weeks of sales before Apple counters with its own quad-core tablet.

source: DigiTimes via electronista

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iPad 3
  • Display 9.7" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5X, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 11560 mAh



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Nothing about whether the iPad 3 will ship with an LTE radio. No LTE radio = no iPad 3 for me. On a side note, I wonder if Moto is going to be upgrading their latest edition tablets to ICS before the iPad 3 starts to ship?

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I have the iPad 2 using verizon's 4G mobile hotspot and it works fine. I prefer a dedicated 4G mobile hotspot over paying extra for a dedicated 4G tablet. The only downside is the 3 hour usage on the mobile hotspot.

18. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Can you buy an extra battery for the hotspot ardent? I have debated over buying one but I currently just use the mobile hotspot app on my Thunderbolt since I already have an extra battery for that.

2. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Not shocking, basically on target. So will Apple stick to the 6 month mobile product difference? iPad in March/April and iPhone in Sept/Oct. Would be pretty smart of them, keep up the brand interest for most of the year. When the iPhone comes out iPad rumors kick into gear and vice versa.

3. dilshan

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

it will be a major hit:)

4. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Off topic, but does anyone know if you can upgrade a phone's processor? Like replace a TI OMAP 4430 processor with the 4460 found in the nexus?

6. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

no you can't. plus the if there was a way you could, I would think you would need to rewrite all the firmware

9. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Use your brain, of course you can't, the phone's software is optimized by the manufacturer to use the chip provided and replacing it would be rather stupid. If that were the case, I would have changed my chip to a 1.6GHz Exynos and make it amazingly fast.

5. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lol i could have guessed the report ipad 4 coming in april or march in 2013

8. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I am playing Infinity Blade 2 on the iPad2 and the bad news is IB2 is so bloated, it's taxing the A5 chip -- some scenes runs slow. It's not the same experience with the IB1. I am going to see how IB2 plays on the iPad 3 before I upgrade. The A6 chip and better display aren't enough for me to upgrade. If it adds Siri, better battery life, and some other feature like it weighs 1.2 lbs and is even thinner, then it's a no brainer to get it.

12. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

come on man ifinity blade is hardcore graphics and seriously no phone has great graphics like the iphone 4s maybe galaxy s2 because of the chipset and the lower resolution.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Are we sure apple is going to ship a quad core processor? With tge smatphone dual core battery perfomance of the 4S and counting the little information about samsung chipery im thinking it might be harder to see a quad core. I mean last year we already had some details about the A6. And thid year not much

11. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

there is a doubt running in my mind that why do you need a quad core chipset when ios runs perfectly on single core and anyways if you have enough time for ipad then you have enough time for an app to open it is not like the app takes a long time to open ( because speed is only seen in this situation ) maybe few seconds and if iphone 4s can open apps in a second it is not like you can make a quad core chipset to open an app in -2 seconds that is virtually impossible i mean come on apple hardware is perfect but it is just that you should improve more on the software and design say replacing the glass back of iphone 4s with alluminium back and battery user removable and in terms of software camera options like 720p 480p in iphone 4s camera , enableing bluetooth transfer and last but not least the battery life and adobe flash eventhough html 5 is future.

13. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

There's this new invention, its called punctuation.

16. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

sorry about that , but what matter's is you get my point of view , right?

19. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

No , because i couldn't read it. Periods are here for a reason, now use them

14. robinrisk unregistered

Good! Stop with there apple "Leaks" and reports. The iPhone 4s showed us that apple rumors are not to be trusted because they are hermetic with their security. None of this rumours have ANY merit at all!

20. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

What's the first product that comes to your head when I say lost prototype?

15. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It will be way too late for them!

17. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

iphone 7 with an built-in toilet

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