Apple is preparing a major revamp of the iPhone and the iPad next year, reports suggest, as it bids to offset the tang of disappointment surrounding the somewhat underwhelming iPhone 4S and iPad 2.
According to sources within the Cupertino-based tech giant’s supply chain cited by DigiTimes, 2012 will see the arrival of a completely redesigned iPhone, with a likely due date during the second half of the year.
The iPad 3, however, is set to tip up much earlier, the insider claims, with the existence of two prototypes suggesting that we could be in for a variant design or even a cheaper entry-level model.
And completing Apple’s line-up is a MacBook Air. This is reportedly landing later in 2012 and is unlikely to differ much from the relatively recently revamped super slim current-gen model –in the looks department, anyway.
News of the company’s plans comes after the decision to retain the iPhone 4’s form factor for the iPhone 4S and omit the much-anticipated high-density retina display from the iPad 2 prompted much grousing from tech watchers and consumers alike.
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