Rumor: iPad 3 to Launch in Q3 2012 with Thinner Design, Longer Battery Life

According to Digitimes’ “sources from the upstream supply chain,” Apple will begin mass production of their next iPad soon, with a release planned for March of 2012. This iPad is not expected to be an iPad 3, but instead an “upgraded” version of the current iPad 2. The “real iPad 3″ won’t be launched until the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest, leaving Apple with a few extra months to design and test the redesigned iPad. Read on for an abundant amount of additional details on the rumored iPad 3.

The iPad 2 upgrade will be thinner than iPad 2, and will offer longer battery life. Due to the Lunar New Year holidays in China in January, Apple has decided to start small volume shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Thinner with longer battery life will certainly be a sight to behold. The current iPad’s battery lasts a prodigious ten hours, just as the previous model did. To exceed this would be remarkable and currently doesn’t seem possible, especially if the company seeks to minimize the thickness of the device. Apple always loves to surprise customers with the “thinnest” device on the market. Thin devices catch the eye of buyers because of their portability. The iPad has been known as the most portable and productive device that currently exists in the PC market. It’s really quite surprising that a tablet could reach such a feat in only two short years. Apple’s iPad has gone strong to the day and most likely will continue to do the same. Changes to the product always make it much more desirable to those who want the latest thing – not to mention that everyone loves something new and different than what everyone else has.

As always, it would be appropriate to expect an amelioration in performance and an upgraded camera to keep up with the times. It has also been rumored multiple times that the iPad will receive a retina display to be equivalent to the iPhone 4 and 4S, but at this current time, a retina display that size and pixel density is quixotic. There were even reports that Apple pushed the iPad 3 production to 2012 due to manufacturers not being able to produce displays for the device.

Please remember that this is just a rumor. You should never anticipate exactly what rumors say, because they continually prove to be wrong. Keep this rumor as a basis of what may be coming in the future, not what will be coming. There is a difference between the two, and it should always be remembered when listening to rumors.


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