Rumours surrounding the Apple iPad 3 have already started to circulate amongst technology bloggers with some saying it could be out in the wild this autumn. This is probably a little optimistic especially when you consider the lack of components at the moment, Apple will more than likely stick to their annual cycle and launch the iPad 3 in February 2012.
Another strong suggestion is that Apple will equip the iPad 3 with a retina display to bring it inline with the iPhone 4. Although the iPad 2 possesses 9x the graphical power of the first iPad the screen resolution remains the same, many users were expecting a Retina display and were disappointed with its omission. So will Apple bring retina to the iPad 3? Not likely according to digital times.
Instead Apple will opt for a more run of the mill AMOLED panel, granted this will offer a better picture and will also be more energy efficient, an important consideration if Apple wants to keep progressing with thinner tablets with better battery life.
Apple is rumoured to be producing a thinner and indeed wider Retina display for the iPhone 5, which we predict will still land in June/July either at WWDC 2011 or pretty close to it. We will then be able to get a better idea of the screen capabilities of the iPad 3. Apple will probably roll out a new version of the iPod in September followed by a new iOS in the Winter in preparation for the iPad 3 in February 2012 – this is how they have done it in the past and its worked pretty well up until now – Apple won’t change their spots, they’re not that type of animal (even though their next Mac OS is called Lion ;-)).