The guys over in Cupertino really need to cool it with the watercooler chitchat. Earlier today, AT&T internally confirmed that the iPhone 5 would be released early October, and now, the Journal reports that Apple is indeed planning to release the next-generation iPad in early 2012. Sources for the Wall Street Journal also support the rumor that the tablet would feature a 2048 by 1536 resolution Retina display, but other changes remain unknown.
TAIPEI–Apple Inc. 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.
The Cupertino, Calif., company 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.