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  • Possibility of Revised Third-Generation iPad Being Released Alongside iPad Mini


    A recent report from research firm DisplaySearch claims that a new iPad is indeed scheduled to arrive alongside the iPad mini, which will be lighter and cooler. According to DisplaySearch, Apple has been keeping the supply chain busy in the latter half of 2012 when it comes to LCD displays, with the intent of launching the next-gen iPhone and new iPad mini. The research firm even made a note about the third-generation iPad, which can be seen below:

    The new iPad leads the tablet PC market with its high resolution (9.7” QXGA with 200+ ppi) and high color saturation. However, Apple is working with the LCD supply chain to refresh the display, including revising the LED backlight design for cost reduction, refining the thermal solution, reducing the weight by replacing some components, and fine tuning the panel transmittance for lower power consumption.
    One of the questions that keeps coming up when discussing the topic is why Apple would revise the new iPad halfway through the generation but several reasons come up here. The first one being that Apple is currently using inefficient displays when compared to Sharp IGZO display panels and the new iPad is heavier and fatter than its predecessor. This is partially because it needs a larger battery to power the screen, one that is considerably more expensive as well. By revising the design of the third-generation iPad, Apple could save in component costs, maximize profits as well as provide improved battery life and charging times, while shrinking the form factor of the device. All of which are good pretty good reasons to revise a device.

    At the same time, redesigning a product halfway through its generation has costs of its own. Would such a move be worth it for Apple? The Cupertino California company might consider just waiting until next year’s refresh of the next-generation iPad instead of rushing into it prematurely. Either way, we’ll find out soon enough as the iPad mini is rumored to be announced at a separate event early next month.

    Source: DisplaySearch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Possibility of Revised Third-Generation iPad Being Released Alongside iPad Mini started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Alluziion's Avatar
      Alluziion -
      If it brings any advanced hardware features such as a faster processor I'm going to be quite annoyed seeing as though they have timed it perfectly after millions of University students including myself have invested in iPad 3s earlier this month in preparation to aid with studie; they are supposed to be supporting students, not annoying them by releasing a newer product just weeks after they have bought the current version.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Not going to happen. Did it happen last year? Or the year before?
      These are the same rumours and "reports" that crop up around this time every autumn since the original iPad.
    1. MAYORLIM's Avatar
      MAYORLIM -
      Oh...that's untimely....Perhaps next year Apple would make those refinements for the iPad 3 and Introduce this year the iPad Mini....Let us all keep our fingers crossed....
    1. nealh's Avatar
      nealh -
      why do they always talk about a revision 6mo in? Apple has not and doubtfully would do it. They will simply wait for spring, to keep the 1 year cycle. Apple has not deviated from this and I cant see the reason why they would.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      iPad 3.5 will be coming next year people.
    1. redstar299's Avatar
      redstar299 -
      Running stories you know are complete hogwash discredits this website. It's ok if the isn't any Apple news for one day.. Really it is
    1. faltho's Avatar
      faltho -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alluziion View Post
      If it brings any advanced hardware features such as a faster processor I'm going to be quite annoyed seeing as though they have timed it perfectly after millions of University students including myself have invested in iPad 3s earlier this month in preparation to aid with studie; they are supposed to be supporting students, not annoying them by releasing a newer product just weeks after they have bought the current version.
      How will a faster processor change the quality and the amount of your studies??? If they will improve battery life by 2h though...
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      So we are getting a "iPad mini" and a "New New iPad" right?
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      So we are getting a "iPad mini" and a "New New iPad" right?
      No it will be the "New iPad S"
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Not going to happen. Did it happen last year? Or the year before?
      These are the same rumours and "reports" that crop up around this time every autumn since the original iPad.
      Exactly! This 'rumor' started 6 months after the release of the original iPad and it just keeps popping up every year!

      This is one rumor MMI should stop entertaining...
    1. tlc1217's Avatar
      tlc1217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alluziion View Post
      If it brings any advanced hardware features such as a faster processor I'm going to be quite annoyed seeing as though they have timed it perfectly after millions of University students including myself have invested in iPad 3s earlier this month in preparation to aid with studie; they are supposed to be supporting students, not annoying them by releasing a newer product just weeks after they have bought the current version.
      You should probably "studie" a lil more...it's "study" js
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alluziion View Post
      they are supposed to be supporting students, not annoying them
      yes, because that's the sole purpose of apples existence - to supporting whining students that don't pay full price for their products...
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      i'll be called, Ipad The Third
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Not going to happen. Did it happen last year? Or the year before?
      These are the same rumours and "reports" that crop up around this time every autumn since the original iPad.
      Did you forget about the 2nd gen iPad 2.
      It can and probably will happen.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Alluziion View Post
      If it brings any advanced hardware features such as a faster processor I'm going to be quite annoyed seeing as though they have timed it perfectly after millions of University students including myself have invested in iPad 3s earlier this month in preparation to aid with studie; they are supposed to be supporting students, not annoying them by releasing a newer product just weeks after they have bought the current version.
      that's your problem. what are you complaining about? you free to buy or not buy whatever you want.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Hmmm..this one sounds a bit far fetched. First off there is no other tablet that even compares at this time. Apple has the market sewn up for the moment. Not sure why they feel they need to come out with something so soon. Im fine waiting for a great final product versus one that is missing key features I feel should be native :]
    1. LilyKing's Avatar
      LilyKing -
      "iPad mini"?
    1. magoo757's Avatar
      magoo757 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Hmmm..this one sounds a bit far fetched. First off there is no other tablet that even compares at this time. Apple has the market sewn up for the moment. Not sure why they feel they need to come out with something so soon. Im fine waiting for a great final product versus one that is missing key features I feel should be native :]
      Are you jailbroken? Just wondering :P