Whatever its launch date, the iPad 3 is expected to be a humdinger of a tablet with a killer display that puts the iPad 2 to shame. A recent report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily claims the next-gen iPad’s resolution will be five to six times higher than that of the iPad 2.
If that seems unlikely, a January 2011 report from Digitimes says the iPad 3 will have a screen resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels — four times that of the iPad 2’s 1024 by 768. Research firm IDC at the time was hearing similar reports from its sources as well.
A fall 2011 debut for the iPad 3 seems premature, however, for several reasons.
First, the iPad 2 is selling like crazy. Apple may ship between 12 to 14 million tablets this quarter (3Q) — up from 7 to 9 million units in 2Q. It’s also stockpiling iPad 2 components to reduce the risk of component shortages, Digitimesreports. Rather than winding down iPad 2 production, Apple appears to be ramping it up.
The iPad 2 starting selling in March. Why would Apple want to hurt sales of its hugely successful second-gen tablet by launching the iPad 3 just seven months later?
True, an iPad 3 with a vastly improved display would send a statement to the competition: Apple still rules the tablet space, suckas. But the taunt could easily wait until next year. A more likely scenario is that Apple will market the iPad 2 like crazy during the upcoming holiday shopping season, and then introduce the much-improved iPad 3 in early 2012.
In fact, some industry watchers have been saying as much for a few weeks now.