Apple is due to launch iPhone 5 along with iPad 3 in September according to supply chain sources in Asia.
DigiTimes reported that Apple will first launch the iPad 3 and iPhone 5 in small quantities in September and will then go for a full-fledged release in September. Supply chain sources state that Apple has started sourcing parts for iPad 3 and iPhone 5.
Earlier in the month DigiTimes had reported that Radiant Opto-Electricals had already landed a deal with Apple to manufacture LED backlight units for iPad 3. Also it was confirmed by DigiTimes that iPad 3 will not feature AMOLED screen as component makers do not have the capacity to catch with iPad 3 release schedule.
It is rumored that iPad 3 will be much more thinner than iPad 2, will have higher storage capacity, Thunderbolt I/O, a higher mega-pixel rear-facing camera and that it could possibly use fiber-in-matrix type material like carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the upcoming iPad 3, instead of aluminum.
Some of the major tablets are HP TouchPad, RIM PlayBook, Cisco Cius, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG G-Slate, HTC Flyer, Motorola Xoom and Acer Iconia Tab A500. The tablets come in different form factors sporting display sizes like 8.9-inch, 10.1-inch and 7-inch.
Here is slideshow which showcases the top 8 tablets which iPad 3 will have to contend with:
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