We thought we’d start the week with some more exciting but unsubstantiated iPad rumours, and this one’s definitely a pearler: Apple is gearing up to release a new, thinner high-resolution iPad in October, and has already begun commissioning parts for the device, according to Taiwanese trade publication, Digitimes.
The third-generation iPad is expected to be ‘even thinner and lighter’ while its LCD panel is tipped to have an increased resolution of 250dpi. Digitimes is reporting that Asian industry sources are preparing to supply a small shipment of iPad 3’s in September, ramping up to larger volumes the following month.
We’d heard reports of a September iPad 3 release earlier this year – preceding even the launch of the iPad 2 – but analysts appeared to have widely discredited such talk. Apple’s marketing campaign for the iPad 2, which claimed 2011 was ‘the year of the iPad 2’ could also be interpreted as a reassurance the company wasn’t planning another tablet release this calendar year.
A fifth-generation iPhone is expected to drop at the same time, although Digitimes scuttled rumours that Apple was preparing to simultaneously release a cheaper unit for lower-income markets. The new iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S) is expected to feature a faster A5 chip and a better camera in what is largely a mid-cycle update, although recent chatter has speculated that the refreshed iPhone will actually sport a radical aesthetic redesign. At this stage, it’s all a matter of wild conjecture. Fun!