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.
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.