iPad 3 Heading to the Assembly Lines for 2012 Launch
It's starting to get hard to imagine how our technology can get any better besides it just being thinner, faster and lighter. That's been the course at least for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch family of devices over the past few years, with obvious new technology added as well. The question remains now though, how will Apple top the iPad 2?
Apple has been rumored to have the iPad 3 in the planning stages for several months now since the launch of the Apple iPad 2 in March 2011. As in true Apple fashion, March 2012 will be the month we most likely see the iPad 3. According to sources within the manufacturing world, 1.5 million screens were ordered as parts for the new iPad 3, which may boast a 2048x1536 resolution screen, still at 9.7 inches in size. That's a double in resolution from the last iPads.
Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro told AllThingsD "Since our last month supply chain checks we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter of calendar 2011." This would put Apple about ready to sell 1 - 1.5 million iPad 3 units by the time March 2012 rolls around, and since the iPad 2 sold 1 million the first weekend of launch, we're sure the iPad 3 will outsell it.
With the latest Android 4.0 tablet announced and shipping within the next month or so, Apple will no doubt be ready for the new iPad 3 launch in March 2012, with more than the usual 'Thinner,faster,lighter' feature list. Watch for that!
Check out this video of some artist iPad 3 concept designs we may or may not see in March.