The third iPad iteration is landing early next year, according to insiders cited by a US business daily, as Apple bids to increase its early advantage in the tablet space.
Industry sources “familiar with the situation” down at Apple’s Cupertino nerve centre have reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that trial production of the slate is scheduled to begin in October.
That suggests that the device is at the very least well on course for a launch in March – the date that has marked the release of the first two iPad generations.
However, it’s not entirely out of the question that Apple could drop its third tablet even earlier – in a bid to stifle at birth the challenge from Android kits such as HTC’s Puccini.
The WSJ’s sources also confirmed what many considered a racing certainty for the iPad, with the claim that it’ll be home to a 9.7-inch high density retina display of the kind that went such a long way in helping iPhone users forget about antennagate.
Wall Street Journal
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