As expected, reports about Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad will be bombarding the tech industry as we approach the rumored March launch date. Now we have received another report that is rather baffling. According to the new report, Apple will be releasing the iPad 3 in a few months and then followed by the iPad 4 much later this year.
The report once again came from regular Apple hardware rumor-peddler, DigiTimes. According to the website, a full HD Retina iPad 3 will be hitting the stores in March but that's not even the baffling part. According to the Taiwan-based IT insider, the iPad 3 will be followed-up by another iPad with "killer applications" in October. The iPad 3 is said to come with a QXGA 1536 x 2048 display and better battery life but all in all, the upgrades won't be that impressive.
The iPad 3 will come with a QXGA (1,536x2,048 pixels) display and longer battery life although its other hardware specifications may not be so amazing as expected, said the sources. But Apple will take the advantage of the iPad 3 launch to slash the price of its iPad 2 to US$399, the sources claimed.
Just like with previous reports, launching the iPad 3 on March will enable Apple to slash down the price of the iPad 2 in order to compete with the other tablet PC manufacturers who had their prices pegged at around US$359 or above. This is especially true when Google is rumored to release its own brand tablet that will supposedly compete with the Kindle Fire in April. Now this particular tidbit is rather in-tune with iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz's report about the iPad 3 launching in March and that the iPad 2 will be repriced to $399.
But according to the baffling segment of the report, Apple will be shipping another iPad model, the iPad 4, in October about the same time that Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8 and Inter reveals its Clover Trail-W platform.
While the bit about the iPad 3 is feasible, the part about the iPad 4 is not. And this is DigiTimes that we are talking about, with a not-so-good track record when it comes to insider information. [via 9to5Mac]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback