Conventional wisdom says Apple won’t tick off proud new owners of Xmas Gift iPad 2s by launching the next iPad at a rumored mid-January media event in New York City. But that doesn’t mean the next iPad isn’t already in production and awaiting an early Spring coming out party.
Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge claims via his Twitter account to have new intel on a new iPad 3 said to largely resemble the current slate, physically. “Curve radiuses on the body will change only a little to accommodate the added thickness, not dramatically. Think iPad 2 Pro, not a redesign,” he tweeted as part of a string of teasers said to come from an inside source. The main differences between the rumored new iPad and Apple’s current tablet? Better cameras, more pixels, and a faster processor.
The tweets detail a new iPad with a front-facing “FaceTime HD” camera and a rear-mounted 8 megapixel shooter identical to the sensor used in the current iPhone 4S. We can also expect a new, more powerful chipset to handle the increased demands of pushing four times the pixels as compared to iPad 2; the expected “iPad Retina Display” would be a 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 resolution IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panel. If this pans out, it would mark Apple’s first use of IGZO display technology, likely marking the beginning of a company-wide switch from IPS (in-plane switching) technology in mobile products.
Horwitz’ source also expects a March 2012 launch for the next iPad, or roughly a year after the announcement/ship dates of iPad 2.
And, oh yeah … In typical Apple fashion, iPad 3 (or whatever it’s called) would slot in at the top of the iPad lineup and be different enough from iPad 2 to warrant a marked price separation. Specifically, Horwitz theorized about a $100 price cut bringing the 16GB iPad 2 down to $399 when the new model launches.