Rumor: Apple to release iPad 3 in March, iPad 4 following in October

By on January 6, 2012, 10:30 AM

Apple could be preparing to release two new iPads this year. The iPad 3 may be unveiled in March and a secondary tablet, dubbed the iPad 4, could arrive in October, according to Taiwan component makers via DigiTimes.

Update: In addition to the information divulged earlier by DigiTimes, 9to5mac has found references about quad-core processing in iOS 5.1 which is currently in beta. This upcoming OS update from Apple is supposed to be paired with a next-generation iPad 3 and potentially the iPhone 5.

The iPad 3 is expected to ship with a QXGA (2084 x 1536 pixels) display and improved battery life but other than these two enhancements, we are told not to expect much more from the tablet. Previous rumors had pointed to two iPad 3 models, a mid-range and high-end product, being unveiled at iWorld on January 26.

The latest speculation indicates that the iPad 2 will receive a price cut to $399 with the introduction of the iPad 3. The lower price would allow Apple to compete with other vendors such as Sony, Motorola and Samsung that offer tablets at a lower price point.

Sources expect the real battle for market share to take place in the second half of 2012 when Apple ships their iPad 4. This would be around the same time that Microsoft releases Windows 8 and Intel introduces its Clover Trail-W platform. These sources suggest that the iPad 4 would feature the same 9.7-inch display as the iPad 3 but would include upgraded hardware specifications and new applications. This could perhaps include the Samsung-manufactured quad-core A6 processor that has been rumored to be the successor to the dual-core A5 SoC.

DigiTimes has a mixed track record, especially when it comes to Apple rumors. As such, we suggest you take this latest dose with a grain of salt.

User Comments: 8

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Guest said:

I think it is time to start a company called Rumours Inc. So many rumours these days.

Guest said:

I think this article is BS. So basically they are copying the information from DigiTimes for content, but then tells the reader:

"DigiTimes has a mixed track record, especially when it comes to Apple rumors. As such, we suggest you take this latest dose with a grain of salt."

Basically, it tells me to disregard what I just read from TechSpot because their source is unreliable. If they know it's unreliable, why write another article about it?

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm kinda on the fence about it too Guest #2. DigiTimes is to the tech community, what the National Enquirer is to people with common sense... Utter garbage. Regardless of the fact that a disclaimer was posted at the end of the article, why give DigiTimes any credence at all by reposting their fantasies?

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Here's an idea, you could skip the article if you don't like it and stop whining.

Guest said:

Theirs gonna be like riots in california and junk if they release another iPad so close to another Dx

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

I like the image of this article more than the actual look of the ipad, but they release one ever 3/4 a year. Unless there going to make huge new changes and addition it's pointless.

ramonsterns said:

This just announced, iPad 7 will come out the same day as iPad 6 and the only difference will be the number and price. This is a new strategy to drain the stupid of their money as fast as possible.

Guest said:

only ipad 2s

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