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Apple iPad 3 Coming in Early 2012?

Apple is apparently in trial production phase for its next generation iPad tablet device and is looking for an early 2012 launch. Apple has already ordered chips, display panels, and other components for the iPad 3 in order to develop 1.5 million iPad 3’s in the fourth quarter of this year.

According to sources close to the company, Apple wishes to stay ahead of the competition in the fast growing tablet market. The company is working with its component suppliers and its manufacturers in Asia to begin the trail production of the iPad 3.

“Suppliers will ramp up production and try to improve the yield rate for the new iPad in the fourth quarter before its official launch in early 2012,” an Apple supplier stated.

So what is slated for the iPad 3? Reports are indicating that we will see a high resolution display, more specifically a 2048×1536 resolution. On top of that, we are looking at a 9.7-inch screen. The current iPad, iPad 2, was launched in March of this year and an accelerated release cycle has helped the company stay on top of the tablet market.

Not that long ago, we read reports that indicated the new iPad will likely not be called iPad 3 as many are assuming. Instead, the new iPad is rumored to be called the iPad HD and is expected to support a display with a 2048×1536 resolution. When you think about it, the iPhone 4 had double the resolution of the previous model. The iPhone 3GS had a 480×320 resolution while the iPhone 4 has a 960×320 resolution. The iPad 2 currently has a 1024×768 resolution and the iPad HD could have a doubled resolution of 2048×1536.

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