Apple iPad 3, rumored to boast of specs like an enhanced superior display, front and rear cameras , a zippy processor, iOS 5 and much more, may not see a release date in 2011 after all.
Reports have mentioned a new iPad iteration called the iPad 2 Plus will instead be launched this fall, scrapping plans of an iPad 3 release in 2011. The iPad 2 Plus may be an upgraded version of the current iPad 2 tablet with perhaps enhanced display resolution of current pixel density. It is not confirmed whether the specs from the iPad 3 will be transferred over to the iPad 2 Plus or will be kept under wraps until its debut in 2012.
The iPad 2 Plus was said to be a slightly upgraded version of iPad 2. Apple could crush those rumors if they decide to integrate the iPad 3 specs into the iPad 2 Plus version. This will put greater expectations for Apple's third generation tablet to be even more powerful by next year. iPad 3 will be thinner and lighter than the current iPad as it is expected to be built with lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and an aluminum case back design. Its A6 Quad core processor will ensure the tablet is lightning quick in processing apps, data, and information. Apple's latest mobile iOS 5, which is iCloud-ready, is sure to complement the device's zippy performance along with Thunderbolt I/O. A higher resolution front and rear camera are expected to accompany the next iPad's high resolution touchscreen display.
The new iPad 3 was planned to boast a better display, up to three times higher than the iPad 2. But with the iPad 2 Plus grabbing the front seat, can we expect an enhanced display for the intermediate tablet? According to FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger it could happen.
We hear Apple could migrate the iPad's display resolution from a current pixel density of 132 ppi to 250-300 ppi for the 'iPad 2 Plus' (note that the iPhone 4′s screen is 326 ppi), he writes. If this device does come out as a high-end iPad for the holidays, then Q4 production volumes could diminish somewhat as screen constraints again arise as LG and/or Samsung would likely have difficulties ramping screen yield rates for these high resolution displays right out of the gate. While we find this new commentary interesting, we await more confirming data points from other supply chain contacts before fully believing a new iPad device is coming in 2011, said Berger.
Other rumors also confirmed that the high resolution display will be integrated on either the iPad 3 or iPad 2 Plus. According to a report from Techunwrapped, an leak from iOS spoke of a larger display resolution for the tablet.
As I was going through the iOS SDK I came across some images in the new Twitter .framework. The resolution appears to be 1,536 x 2,048.
Digitimes also confirmed the rumors with their own report.
Apple is considering designing an even thinner and lighter tablet PC with its panel resolution increasing to 250dpi, noted the report.
The iPad 3 or iPad 2 Plus display will be a vital component in the success of the tablet's premiere. Earlier rumors have involved Apple and Samsung collaborating on a potential AMOLED super display screen created primarily for the iPad 3. Samsung's AMOLED screen has been a popular hit among its Galaxy smartphones for its touch sensor technology, brighter screen and low power consumption. The effect would result in longer battery life for the tablet along with superior visual display and touch sensor response. Unfortunately the Apple and Samsung were caught in a heated legal battle and the potential of the two working together for iPad 3 seems faint.
When the iPad 2 Plus launches this fall, consumers can expect upgraded features, but it is unclear how drastic the enhancements will be. Once the specs for the iPad 2 Plus are officially revealed, users can then start daydreaming of an even more powerful future iPad 3 tablet for 2012.