iPad 3 due in 3-4 months - Report

Digitimes report cites manufacturing sources with word that Apple's next tablet will be ready for early-spring launch window.

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With huge supply chains and components made by multiple manufacturers, modern gadgets are difficult devices for companies to keep under wraps before launch. Apple's forthcoming tablet refresh is not immune to this, and the latest rumblings from manufacturer sources suggest the next iPad is just around the corner.

Maybe the third time will be the charm. Like, even more of a charm. The charmest?

Digitimes reports that iPad 2 manufacturing is slated to be reduced by about two-thirds starting in the first quarter of 2012 as iPad 3 manufacturing ramps up for a March or April launch. The outlet cites supply chain sources as saying shipment numbers for iPad 2 will decline from 14-15 million units in the current quarter to 4-5 million in the first quarter of 2012.

The next iPad iteration is rumored to have a 2048x1536-resolution screen, effectively quadrupling the pixels in the iPad 2. As reported by GameSpot sister site CNET, other rumored features include an A6 processor, Siri integration, a slightly thicker device, and even a stereoscopic 3D screen.

Discussion

103 comments
Evilbunz
Evilbunz

@Daemoroth no i mean steve jobs who hired bill gates to work on his operating system. it was steve jobs development and his idea..... gates was hired by steve jobs and he came in and ran with the idea and basically copied off apple and called it windows. It is well known that if bill gates was never hired he would never have created windows because apple bought xerox rnd for next to nothing who made the mouse, graphical interface, folders. Gates had a chance to work with all this and see the backend of every single thing. If you think he could have made windows without seeing or working with any of this then there is nothing i can say to change your mind.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Holy whoa .... Even 24'' LCDs don't have that resolution !!!

RikusTwilight
RikusTwilight

@ deathstream. The XBL brand has been leveraged to an app store - it's called Windows Phone, and is the only Phone/App store to feature games that are xbox live enabled.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

Good news for me! I've been dragging my feet on getting the iPad 2, so I'll just wait for the iPad 3.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I'm so glad I didn't get the iPad 2. I mean, by the end of next year, the iPad 4 will probably be out. :/

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

@dragonsama Agreed. Apple needs to get with the program.

dragonsama
dragonsama

The Ipad is till completely worthless without Flash. that is the only thing holding me back from buying one. the day the Ipad has flash is the day I will buy one. Until then No Flash = No Sale.

ydnarrewop
ydnarrewop

Well I'm glad I didn't jump for the iPad 2 now :)

CreayBsD
CreayBsD

Cool, I know not eveyone likes that iPad. But is the same as eveything eles, if you don't like it the don't get it. This Is going to be the like as the iPhone 4s of you have a iPad 2(or maybe a 1st gem) then there not much pont geting the 3. I Don't have iPad and I want one so I'll be wating for the 3.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Pack it in apple. Im really starting to get annoyed by them. the fact that they already had the capicity to add IPAD feature to the IPAD 2 or even 1 is just a kick in the teeth, as they know that people will just keep buying them -Its like DLC that should have been part of the game in the first place. Will they let you swap you IPAD 2 for the updated version *cough* IPAD 3? Dont get me wrong, I dont own one or even an IPhone, but I think they are great, but this kind of mugging market strategy is just wrong, and they know there are millions of people who will just jump on the band wagon to get a new version.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Due to Apple's arrogance towards gaming, among other things, GameSpot will likely remain a popular place to call Apple out.

orestes1981
orestes1981

@mrsniper83 Do not buy it. If you do not want it, do not worry yourself about ti. There are more than enough people to put down the money for it. Does Apple really care about some people that hate it? No because way more people will buy it.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER ONE ALREADY.....

deathstream
deathstream

@ ForsakenWicked I am not blindly glorifying anything. I have used the devices in question extensively. The A5 processor is a massive improvement over the A4 in real world use. Crappy as the cameras are, having them is better than not having them. The reason that iOS devices are better than Android devices and probably always will be is that iTunes and the App Store are light years ahead of Google. If MS ever leveraged the XBL brand as a phone/tablet app store, they might be able to catch up but Android's reputation for piracy and viruses will probably always follow it. I am not blindly loyal to any company; I just hate haters. You can't read any article about Apple and chat about the article in the comments because they are always full of sad, pathetic little trolls who have staked a big part of their identity and self-worth on hating a product or company. And, for the record, I didn't call you anything or insult you. You confused my response to someone else's inflammatory post with my response to yours.

slippship
slippship

At least the consoles last over 5 years, and cost less!

Bench_Scientist
Bench_Scientist

Apple better take some notes from the over saturation of Nintendo hand held devices. Sooner or later the consumers will become sick and tired of newer/better and the house of cards will come crashing down.

blackace
blackace

I just bought my IPad 2. lol!! I have no plans to get an IPad 3, that's for sure. Let me know when I Pad 5 is released. The only reason I even bought the IPad 2 was because I was about to get the 64GB IPad 2 w/Verizon 3G for $350. lol!! I would never pay $800+ for one of these. IPads are overpriced by 35-40% anyways.

vega13mv
vega13mv

If they release that 3rd iPad it'll be the end of all of us! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

I love my iPad, but that doesn't mean I'm going to buy the newest one every year apple.

kratos-lll
kratos-lll

I just bought the ipad 2 3 weeks ago... oh well, how much better can the 3rd be?

BigAl519
BigAl519

Firstly I thought this was a gaming website, not a 'lets promote apple's overpriced paperweight' site. Secondly lets see what we can get for the $800ish this crap will cost. A good, much more powerful laptop, maybe 3 vitas that offer almost everything the crappad does for less or how about a cheaper tablet that does everything this crap does for half the price and may actually last longer then a year before dieing on us. So many better electronics out their at cheaper prices yet people still fall for this apple crap.

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

I still cant see this tablets being better than a notebook, they are more expensive, run less stuff...

opinions2
opinions2

Another spring, another iPad. Almost as money grabbing and predictable a Modern Warfare

Triton
Triton

Great, I'll give my wife my 2 and I'll grab the 3. And this was her idea, she has been wanting one but said she would wait. So its a win-win for me.

franzito
franzito

Talk about garbage-grinding technology

toddx77
toddx77

And in early 2013 the ipad 4 will come out. Why is this news? Thats like saying "tomorrow the sun will rise" is news.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

The only reason I like iDevices still even though I have a Samsung Mesmerize is because there are way more games on in than my Android phone. I don't like the restrictions of the iDevices myself, but they make great alternative game devices IMO.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

I would guess that iPad 3 will have Siri, but thats all they have. Everything else is just same

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

I don't see the point for the gamer side of it. All the developers will still make games for that can run on the older hardware. They aren't going to build a game that can only run on the Ipad 3 anytime soon or anywhere near its launch. 1 year HW lifecycle! Future gaming brought to you by Apple! (barfs in mouth)

inscript
inscript

I own a iPad2 and a iPod touch and I have android phone ...sorry to say my android phone will be ten times better then that iPad 3 with another update...I don't know if u people are blind but I will never purches anther apple device for those high prices and restrictions . Ipad2 haven't been out long enough and don't have enough apps for them to drop a 3 I want a refund cuz when release date drop apple is excited to take your checks , for the price of a pad u can by every bod in your house a laptop

gzhang
gzhang

should be called ipad 2.5

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

It's NEVER a good time to buy Apple products. They expire almost as quickly as bread.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

@deathstream Can you please tell me which new features introduced with the iPad 2 were a big jump form the first and required to keep competitive with Android based devices? Most of the improvements we're seeing are just minimal or not necessary and this holds true even for non-Apple devices, like Android. You're just a fanboy. And I know you are just because of how you just jumped to conclusions regarding me and many others on this site when we criticized the iPad. At this particular moment in time, we don't need smartphones or tablets with multi core processors because they can't yet do the same thing as computers. And that is a fact. Now you can keep on calling me a sad human being for not agreeing with you. Yet it is you, who so blindly glorifies a piece of hardware, that is a sad little human being.

manutdsupporter
manutdsupporter

I'm actually all set with my iPad 2. I use it for reading books, newspapers, and magazines almost exclusively, and I can't see this new one being any better for that. I don't really game on my iPad (beyond super stickman golf which is awesome) so the new processor doesn't affect me, especially as my iPad is blazing fast as is. About the only thing that would make me reconsider is Flash support, but since that's not going to happen, I'm going to stick with what I have.

Icehearted
Icehearted

This will undoubtedly sell like hotcakes, and actually I read that people that upgrade thins like this donate older ones to schools, which is pretty darned cool. Frankly, though, I'm a big fan of Android, I have a phone and a tablet, I even use the things to play games and visit websites like good ol' GameSpot, so the thought of paying through the nose, or as one fellow in China had paid through the kidney, for something I can outmatch for half the price or less seems just plain silly. iOS is pretty restrictive. I won't lie, I wanted one of these once, but a rooted phone and tablet later and I got more than I had thought possible for less than I knew I could afford. I'm really more interested in how the landscape will look once the holidays are over and people have gobbled up all those Kindle Fires tablets.

chilipalm
chilipalm

"As an early iPad and Ipad 2 owner, I can say with certainty that if you consider the difference between two to be "minor and non essential", you either haven't used the devices or are just trolling." No doubt this iSheep will get the ipad 3 too.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Apple is worse than activision at reselling the same thing but at least Apple stuff is not junk.

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

@Evilbunz, you sure you don't mean Steve Wozniak? Jobs was kicked out of Apple in the 80s (Where he was a marketing director or creative director or something like that), and only got back in the late 90s. Strange how much credit people give him. And about Gates, maybe you should read up a bit first before subscribing to the "popular" (read: uninformed) opinion.

VitaminC28
VitaminC28

The iPad and Call Of Duty series are now becoming synonymous. Overpay for the same thing every year.

Spacerac
Spacerac

And when's the last time you heard of a yearly Xbox/PS/Wii upgrade? These ain't no damn legitimate gaming platforms.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

@dxdevilex0 Few years try just a couple months

deathstream
deathstream

@Spartan_418 Yeah, the iPhone 4S broke sales records because of its looks, which are pretty much indistinguishable from the iPhone 4. And the Galaxy Nexus will be trumped by a new Android phone, not in a year, but in months (if not weeks). People are smart enough now to know that Apple-bashing is the habit of sad, pathetic little trolls desperate to fit in with SOMEONE, so they jump on the latest bandwagon.

deathstream
deathstream

@ForsakenWicked As an early iPad and Ipad 2 owner, I can say with certainty that if you consider the difference between two to be "minor and non essential", you either haven't used the devices or are just trolling. Remember that Apple has to keep up with Android, which sees multiple improved iterations between iPad releases. It isn't as bad as Android phones which are often obsolete within weeks of release, but an Android tablet is going to have a newer better faster one released FAR sooner than a new iPad.

Masoodahmedkk
Masoodahmedkk

Why are you comparing this to games, it's a tablet and it has to be released once a year.

ForsakenWicked
ForsakenWicked

I don't see the point in having a new version of this tablet coming up every year or so. At least not for users. Sure there are some improvements but they are all minor and non essential.