Apple's iPad 3 is approaching release, judging by the increasing frequency of leaked information emerging about it. The latest report suggests a launch event in early March, likely to be followed by retail availability shortly thereafter. Keep up with the history of rumors and speculation on the topic right here, and we'll make sure to keep you updated on any hard details about Apple's next great slate as soon as it becomes available.
Nov 22, 2011
9to5mac went digging through Apple's iOS 5 code and discovered a reference to an unreleased device codenamed "J2" grouped alongside other well-known codenames like N92 (CDMA iPhone 4) and K95 (iPad 2). While certainly still unconfirmed, this lends credence to a DigiTimes' report from a few weeks back that indicated Apple was testing two prototype tablets, codenamed J1 and J2, that run 2048 x 1536 displays (sound familiar?). That's four times the resolution of the current iPad, twice for each dimension, and the same relative upgrade the iPhone 4 received with its 'Retina' display.Read Article >
CNET is adding more fuel to the fire with its interview of DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, who claims a high-resolution iPad is definitely happening, with three suppliers providing panels — Samsung, Sharp, and LG. This all falls strictly in the realm of speculation at this point, but one thing's for sure: we're going to hear a lot about the next iPad over the next few months.
Nov 3, 2011
Notorious rumor-monger and industry rag DigiTimes has released two reports on Apple's plans for next year, and they're interesting if not particularly reliable. According to DigiTime's sources, Apple is planning a complete refresh of most of its product lines next year — meaning iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air. The MacBook Air received a new design in late-2010, and we're still hearing rumors about the iPhone 5 and iPad HD next year, so it's possible that at least a few of these will change in 2012.Read Article >
DigiTimes' other report is perhaps a bit more shaky — that Apple will release two iPads in 2012: an "iPad 2 upgrade" with a thinner body and longer battery life which will launch in March, and "the real iPad 3" which won't come out until Q3 at the earliest. John Gruber famously posted that an iPad 3 refresh might happen this fall, and there have been other rumors pointing to an iPad HD this year and the iPad 3 in 2012. This "iPad 2 upgrade" could very well be the rumored fall iPad HD being pushed back to next spring…or just another phantom.
Jun 27, 2011
You've probably been wondering what kind of relationship Apple must have with Samsung. On one hand, the two still have a contract to produce SoCs for its iPhones and iPads. On the other, Apple has filed a strongly-worded lawsuit against the company, claiming it "slavishly [copies] Apple’s innovative technology."Read Article >
According to both a Merrill Lynch analyst in Taipei and "a plugged-in source" for Ars Technica, Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are in talks to have the latter produce Cupertino's next-generation ARM SoCs sometime in 2012, currently known as "A6," instead of Samsung. (Apple's A5 is currently residing inside the iPad 2.) Rumors of the partnership are old hat now, beginning earlier this year via both Digitimes and EE Times. That was before the lawsuit, mind you, and something tells us Apple will be doing its best to move all business away from Samsung. TSMC is reportedly moving to a 28nm process, approximately two-thirds of the 45nm A5 currently made by Samsung.
May 13, 2011
You may recall John Gruber of Daring Fireball positing back in early February that the iPad 2 would likely carry over the original iPad's 1024 x 768 resolution, while a possible new high-end model -- an "iPad HD" of sorts -- could take us into retina display territory as early as late 2011. Of course, we now know that the first part of Gruber's report is true: the iPad 2 ended up shipping at 1024 x 768. As for the iPad HD noise... well, thanks to a new Samsung component, it's looking more plausible than ever.Read Article >
Doubting the practicality of a tablet-sized display with "retina" pixel density? Cost is still an open question, but Samsung may have solved a potential power problem by announcing that it's developed a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 display using the infamous PenTile pixel arrangement. That works out to 299ppi, high enough to make individual pixels indistinguishable to the naked eye at a normal tablet viewing distance -- and using PenTile reduces total sub-pixel count by a third, which Samsung says equates to a 40 percent reduction in power draw.