Taiwanese rumor mill predicts 1/26 debut for iPad 3

Will Apple’s third-generation iPad come sooner than expected? DigiTimes has a double whammy of stories that suggest it could. In fact, according to the Taiwanese site, Apple has the launch scheduled for January 26.

We’ll reportedly see two iPad 3 variants come out then, both sporting 9.7" high-density panels with 2048×1536 resolutions and quad-core Apple A6 processors. There’s no word on what will differentiate the two models, but I’m betting one will have 3G connectivity and the other will not.

DigiTimes goes on to say Apple will cut the price of the iPad 2 to compete with the Kindle Fire (which, of course, sells for a scant $199). In a separate article, however, the same site quotes "sources from Apple’s supply chain" who allege that iPad 2 orders are "dropping gradually." If the iPad 2 is to become a cheaper, higher-volume product in a matter of weeks, curbing production might not be the way to go.

There’s always the possibility that the current-gen iPad won’t become a permanent challenger to the Kindle Fire. That’s what happened when the iPad 2 came out—the first-gen device came down in price before going out of stock. Provided Apple really does want to compete head-on with Amazon, I would put more stock in the rumors about that 7.85" iPad purportedly due out later in 2012.

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    • End User
    • 8 years ago

    Bogus. Apple no longer attends Macworld | iWorld [url<]http://goo.gl/XK10l[/url<]

    • Corrado
    • 8 years ago

    I’d rather see a 1024×768 7.85″ iPad with an A5 in it for $249. Decent price, great screen, good CPU. Essentially just shrink the current iPad 2 to just shy of 8″ and cut the price in half. I would buy.

    • Deanjo
    • 8 years ago

    Just start using the following template when reporting upcoming Apple product.

    Apple will *introduce a new _________ at _________. Reliable inside sources say the new _________ will feature a completely new _______, _________, ________, and an industry leading ______________. You will also be able to _____________ now, which is a feature that many have been waiting for. Prices are currently set at _________ for the ________ and __________ for the __________ model.

    *everything only to be accurate after blanks are filled in after the official release, as “reliable” sources are often planned mole hunts and carry no actual fact.

      • glynor
      • 8 years ago

      I absolutely agree with your last point. Stories like this sure seem like they are the result of targeted mole hunting “leaks” from inside Apple.

    • tviceman
    • 8 years ago

    Is there any other device on the planet that has a resolution equivalent to 2048×1536 on a 9.7″ inch display?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      the iPhone 4 series has actually a higher DPI. This is roughly 260 vs. the iPhone’s 330-ish.

      The technology is there. It’s just a matter of people wanting to pay for it.

        • tviceman
        • 8 years ago

        So no product exists then, right? Even if the tech is there, pay is the keyword. And pay out the a$$ people will likely have to do if these rumors are, in fact, true. ipad 3 entry level price $599-$649 anyone?

        • Forge
        • 8 years ago

        Even so, I will TOTALLY take one. The insane DPI will make iBooks sexy as all hell, if nothing else, and that’s a lot of what I do with my iPad 1.

          • esterhasz
          • 8 years ago

          Yeah, I’d pay almost any price for the high res display – reading and annotating PDFs on the iPad is good already but my eyes would love the higher pixel density!

      • Spdubord
      • 8 years ago

      [url<]http://members.ping.de/~sven/dpi.html[/url<] PPI calculator. Click on a monitor or enter your own dimensions and see what the PPI is at the top

    • Turkina
    • 8 years ago

    That really isn’t apple’s style to discount a product just because it was last generation’s (except on the refurb site). So I doubt we will see the iPad continue to be sold at a cheaper price point (much less anywhere near $199).

      • cygnus1
      • 8 years ago

      the iphone 4 and 3GS would beg to differ with you

        • Noigel
        • 8 years ago

        And the iPad 1.

    • tbone8ty
    • 8 years ago

    those retina displays will cost a pretty penny.

      • adisor19
      • 8 years ago

      Yup, but at least Apple will drag the industry forward with this. Whether they like it or not, the other OEMs will have to adjust and ship tablets with similar displays if they ever want to compete on price. Damn, it felt weird writing that..

      Adi

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        right…… you will excuse anything for your overlords.

          • BlackStar
          • 8 years ago

          No, you just have to wait a few months for the competition to drive prices down. Once fabs start producing high-DPI panels in volumes, prices will inevitably come down.

          Myself, I look forward to 200+DPI laptops.

            • Kurlon
            • 8 years ago

            Myself, I look forward to the return of 200+ DPI laptops…

            • Farting Bob
            • 8 years ago

            I look forward to desktop monitors with triple digit DPI. Desktops always seem to get shafted when new tech comes along. Like how the first blu-ray drives were in 15″ laptops rather than for desktops, where the larger screen size can actually make use of the higher res video.

            • Wirko
            • 8 years ago

            But the 27-inchers have as much as 109 ppi, which is already far into the three digit land.

            • Wirko
            • 8 years ago

            Which were those? (You’re probably not talking about [url=http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/laptops/2009/04/08/sony-vaio-p-series-vgn-p11zr-review/1<]those Sonys[/url<], are you?)

          • ImSpartacus
          • 8 years ago

          If they push the industry forward, then yes.

          First it was build quality, then battery life, now it’s screen technology.

          None of those qualities have any weight in the literal computing experience, but for some reason, they still matter.

          • DragonDaddyBear
          • 8 years ago

          I’m tired of crappy pannels. My 14″ laptop from four yers ago has the same resolution ans a 13″ MBA and cost about $1,000! Get with the times, manufactures. Now that apple is doing it, they just might. And if a 10″ tablet has better resolution then maybe, just maybe, there is hope for other monitors.

          I dislike Apple more than most but they do etice competition. For that, I thank them. For suing the pants off Android because it’s a “copy” and their own OS, too, is based on open sourced software… well, for that I wish they would go away.

            • Decelerate
            • 8 years ago

            Isn’t everyone suing Android though? Apple Microsoft Oracle Xerox, etc. etc.

            Heck, everyone’s suing everyone!

          • flip-mode
          • 8 years ago

          I thought is was a good comment.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 8 years ago

      Of course they will, that’s why only Apple can make millions with them.

    • glynor
    • 8 years ago

    I doubt it.

      • tay
      • 8 years ago

      This. Digitimes is always wrong.

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