Apple could launch a new version of the iPad 2 this year, says an analyst from FBR Capital.
In an interview by the International Business Times, FBR Capital analyst Craig Berger cited contacts in the overseas supply chain of Apple that a so-called “iPad 2 Plus” could be released by Apple this year. He said that Apple has sent out request of quotes to suppliers for such a device.
The report said that the iPad 2 Plus could have 250 to 300 pixels per inch (ppi). The iPad 2 has a pixel density of 132 ppi.
This news follows up last week’s rumors of an iPhone 5 and iPad 3 September release date, where it was mentioned that suppliers have begun preparing the materials for the new devices.
Despite the hints from Apple’s supply chain, Berger still waits for more evidence before calling it a done deal.
“While we find this new commentary interesting, we await more confirming data points from other supply chain contacts before fully believing a new iPad device is coming in 2011,” the analyst said.
Apple’s iPad 2 was launched in March, and the company quickly had problems with its supplies. FBR Capital sees a 10.8 million iPad 2 production, but Berger said that 17 million units will be built in the third quarter.
“With total iPad builds of 32.5M units during the first three quarters of 2011, targeted annual builds of 40M-45M units again seems not only possible but perhaps even beatable,” Berger said. “Given the volatility seen in iPad build data of late, we will continue to monitor field checks for any positive or negative revisions.”