Just after Steve Jobs announce the iOS 5 on WWDC 2011 conference, TUAW sources inspecting the USB device files in yet-unreleased iOS 5 firmware have discovered suggestions of the future iPad 3 models.
Rumors have been buzzing around for some time now that the iPad 3 will launch this fall with 2560×1920 Resolution which would be “5-6 times” higher than the iPad 2. An unnamed Apple employee says that the iPad 2 was a bit of a rush job, and “the third generation iPad is the one to make a song and dance about.”
Reuters reports that the new iPad 3 is due in the fourth quarter of the year.
According to PCMag.com, a “Hollywood insider” reports that Apple iPad 3 to be fully 3D. Below are words from PCMag.com:
“The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert,” a “Hollywood insider” reportedly told RCR Wireless. The source also allegedly said that “the big film studios [are] currently running around like blue arced flies trying to gear up to release plenty of 3D content in time for Apple’s next launch.”
However, if Apple’s past history of product releases is any indication, a third iPad won’t be released until spring 2012 in keeping with the yearly schedule they’ve kept so far. The plausibility of the massively increased screen resolution also seems a little far-fetched – although can’t be entirely ruled out.
Meanwhile, MacRumors Reports that “The reasoning behind a second iPad update in 2011 is that Apple’s competitors have been purely reacting to the launch of the iPad 2, and while they are ramping up their launches for later this year, Apple plans to trump them again by launching the iPad 3 quickly.”
MacRumors also hold the view that “Perhaps the most unbelievable part of the story, however, is that Apple might try to reach a resolution of 2560×1920 in the new device. That resolution would be over 6x the number of pixels of the current iPad, and 2.5x the linear resolution in each dimension. The closest display we’ve heard of is Samsung’s announcement of a 2560×1600 10.1″ LCD display in May. Apple has been rumored to be bringing a “Retina” display to the iPad 3, though there has been little talk of it recently. To further add to the doubts, component manufacturers seem to be expecting the iPad 3 to arrive in 2012.”
However, we don’t have much confidence in this report because Apple product rumors are a dime a dozen. Apple rarely, if ever, comments on rumors. We’ll know for sure in the upcoming months, but until then, isn’t it an interesting discussion piece given the iPad 3 rumors?