Apple Inc. will release the third generation iPad tablet in February next year, an analyst has claimed.
Richard Gardner, an analyst from Citi, has cited sources that said the iPad 3 will be officially unveiled by Apple next February. According to the report by Business Insider, Garder said that the next-generation tablet will boast a display resolution double that of its predecessor, the iPad 2.
Gardner added that “there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining” that seems to prevent the iPad 3’s launch. He also noted predicted that the company’s final iPad sales for the current quarter would be 12 to 13 million units.
The third generation iPad tablet is rumored to have a higher screen resolution, with 2048 x 1546 pixels compared with the iPad 2’s 1024 x 768. It is also thought that the iPad 3 will be thicker than the current model due to the need for better backlighting technology.
Earlier reports point to a March release of the iPad 3, but if Gardner’s report that Apple has already resolved the tablet’s retina display is true, we might see it earlier than expected.
Apple is still leading in the consumer tablet market, but its rivals are continuously making some noise. New powerful tablets like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy 10 are already giving it a shot, and cheaper tablets like the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire starting to appear.