Rumor: iPad 3 release in March, will be thinner and have better battery

A few months ago I made a promise to you guys that I wouldn’t be writing any iPad 3 release date prediction rumors, unless I thought them to be realistic. If you can remember, at the time, rumors floating around were promoting the idea that we could see one in time for the holiday season this year. I always maintained that this was ludicrous. The iPad 2 is by far the best selling tablet, and with 60% of the tablet market covered, iOS is the most popular platform. While the device was selling so well, and proving its dominance, there was no way Apple would release an update before the busiest quarter of the year. Tonnes of people have purchased iPads, tonnes more will buy them as Christmas presents.

The latest rumor comes from DigiTimes, a publication in Asia with close links to the manufacturing lines. It says that we will see a new iPad, sporting a thinner design and a better battery in March next year. The tablet will allegedly by a minor update (could this mean, no 2x resolution display?). My issue is with the details within the article. According to the site, this is not a “full iPad 3”, more like a “2s” with the full “3” coming later on in the year.

“…however, the sources revealed that internally Apple does not view the new iPad product as iPad 3, but rather an upgraded iPad 2 and the real iPad 3 will not be launched until the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest.”

Here’s where I stand: I fully expect there to be a new iPad launched next year. If Apple sticks with its usual 12-month cycle, it will be around March/April time. There will NOT be two iPads released in the same year. If Cook and his crew are planning a super-duper iPad 3 and it’s not ready yet, they’ll just wait until later on in the year, like they did with the latest iPhone. When does Apple ever release two of anything in the same year? It’s never happened with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod models. Apple has always spent a considerable time developing new, redesigned products. We saw it with both the iPhone 3G-3GS and the iPhone 4-4S. It takes roughly 2 years for Apple to design products with new form factors, and major hardware refreshes.

I also find it odd that there’s no mention of a new display for the next generation iPad. It’s had the same one since day one, and needs to be updated to stay ahead of the competition. But what do you think? Will Apple stick with the usual March launch? Do you think it needs a major update, or is a slight improvement on the iPad 2 enough?

Via: DigiTimes 

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  • Am I the only one who finds is weird that Apple, other then iOS 5 and the iPad 2, barley updates their products this year? and dont seem to be next year? I wonder…

    • Nope.  iPad 2 was not big update, iPhone 4S was not a big update – and that was after like 16 months.  I am so not into the rumors this time around.  I had such high hopes for the iPhone 5. I am hoping beyond hope that the lack of significantly upgraded products is because they have something awesome up their sleeves and not just them trying to make as much money as possible off of their current designs.  I mean, SJ said that Apple is very happy to obsolete their old products with new products, but so far that hasn’t really happened.  I am going to be like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh as the rumors start ramping up.  Matter of fact, maybe I will change my handle.

  • Nick

    maybe they are just putting all of their resources toward, like the article above states and a few more put out, a whole brand new line up of items. 

  • I was thinking of waiting until spring… to see if they include Siri in the updated ipad and to see if they use a better screen… Maybe I should just bite the bullet and get the ipad2 for Christmas.

  • did you try double-tapping the screen?

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

  • Is it even possible to get the iPad any thinner? lmao.

  • Anonymous