iPad 3 Confirmed For Early 2012

The WSJ reports that Apple is aiming to launch a Retina Display iPad 3 in early 2012 and will begin trial production in October and it’s thought that Apple was forced to push back the release date for the iPad 3 due to problems with manufacturing the high resolution Retina Display. It all started with John Gruber of Daring Fireball who has a good track record when it comes to Apple rumors, speculating that Apple is planning to launch the third generation iPad in September this year and there is alsoa evidence of iPad 3 in the beta versions of iOS 5 that have been seeded to developers of iOS Developer program……………

Apple is working with component suppliers and its assembler in Asia for the trial production of its next generation iPad from October, people familiar with the situation say, as it looks to stay ahead of the competition in the fast-growing tablet computer market. Apple has ordered key components such as display panels and chips for a new iPad it is aiming to launch in early 2012, said the people. The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display – 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 and Apple‘s suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device. Apple spokeswoman Carolyn Wu in Beijing declined to comment. One component supplier to Apple said the company has already placed orders for parts for about 1.5 million iPad 3s in the fourth quarter. “Suppliers will ramp up production and try to improve the yield rate for the new iPad in the fourth quarter before its official launch in early 2012,” said a person at the supplier. Apple reported blowout earnings for its fiscal third quarter ended June 25 in part due to the popularity of its iPad. The company sold 9.3 million units in the quarter, nearly triple what it sold a year earlier. Together with the robust sales of the iPhone smartphone and other electronics devices, Apple‘s net profit for the period more than doubled to $7.31 billion from $3.25 billion a year earlier.



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