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Wall Street Journal Confirms Early 2012 iPad 3 with Retina Display


In case you still had doubts, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is indeed working on its next generation iPad for early 2012. The newspaper also seems to confirm the 2048x1536 Retina display that has been long rumored.
The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display - 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 - and Apple's suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device.
According to "people familiar with the situation", Apple is aiming to launch the iPad 3 in early 2012.

The Wall Street Journal's sources also indicate that a trial run will begin in October and that Apple has already started placing orders for many of the key components for the next iPad.

While the report doesn't seem to add much new information, it does add a more credible voice to the rumors coming out of China about Apple's iPad 3.

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40 months ago
Third revision and I still don't have a use for it.

We're (gf and I) diehard Apple people (five iPods, a Blackbook, a unibody MacBook, a 11" MacBookAir, a 2g ATV, and an iMac) and I still don't know what to do with an iPad. I can't really use it as a portable workstation because the input is too clumsy for documents, it doesn't read well compared to eInk and it's too big to be really portable without having to carry it (i.e. can't slide into my pocket like my iPod touch).

I guess that I'll have to file it under the same category of the iPhone. Somewhat overpriced and under-technologied without a distinct use.

Believe, me I'd love to buy one, but I just can't justify it if it's only for entertainment, as I'd rather spend money on something that would be more entertaining.
Rating: 22 Votes
40 months ago
At this point I don't know why anyone would expect there to not be a retina display.
Rating: 13 Votes
40 months ago
Apple MUST put a retina display in the next generation iPad. Not because it's necessary, but because otherwise people will be disappointed if the iPad 3 does NOT have a retina display.

Most customers are just expecting an iPad 3 with retina display, thanks to all these rumours. If Apple doesn't put a retina display in the iPad 3, a lot of people will be disappointed.
Rating: 10 Votes
40 months ago
I also predict iPhone 5 this fall.
Rating: 9 Votes
40 months ago
New iPad featuring a higher-res screen in early 2012? Thats obvious...
Rating: 9 Votes
40 months ago

and I was thinking of purchasing an iPad 2 this weekend...


You should buy one. I doubt the iPad3 is going to come out this year. I'm almost certain the iPad3 will be out next year in February or March. If I'm right, that means you'll have to wait six or seven months. And anyway, when the new iPad comes out, you can just sell the iPad2 you'd already have :)
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago
Hardly a great leap of faith by WSJ to believe that. iPad 2 was out in March this year so 9-12 months later is perfectly fine for the next iteration.
Rating: 7 Votes
40 months ago

Yes close your eyes and pretend Jobs never said "year of iPad 2 - 2011".

All these people making up stuff that goes directly against what Jobs said. MacRumors is guilty of this too. If something has been officially said by Jobs you can consider it fact.

Unless your rumours are just "hey Jobs lied tot her world". Which he didn't.

Quality over quantity rumour people. Apple became rich off this. Don't be in the race to the bottom of the rumour barrel. I'd rather hear 3 rumours a week if they were top notch instead of 3 a day and most of them garbage that's already disproved.


Just stop with this crap.Would you like a list of things Jobs said that were contradicted shortly afterwards?Lets start with "people don't read books anymore".
Are you going to tell us iBooks doesn't exist??.
Part of Job's job is salesman.
By your twisted "logic" 2011 can't be the year if iPad2 since during the first few months you could only by an iPad1.
So just stop it.It's silly.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

Apple MUST put a retina display in the next generation iPad. Not because it's necessary, but because otherwise people will be disappointed if the iPad 3 does NOT have a retina display.

Most customers are just expecting an iPad 3 with retina display, thanks to all these rumours. If Apple doesn't put a retina display in the iPad 3, a lot of people will be disappointed.


The target audience for the iPad comes nowhere near technology rumors sites. They don't know what a Retina display is, probably haven't even heard the expression before and accordingly don't care.

The iPad is a device for people who don't care about technology. They want something that makes surfing the web and consuming content easy for them. They don't care if the damn thing has one, two or 4,096 CPU cores and they don't care about how many trillion pixels the display has -- as long as they can hit YouTube and iTunes with it.

So, NO, the availability of a Retina display will not effect iPad sales at all. The fistful of people that always want the latest and greatest and shiniest don't really matter in the big picture. Remember? The MacBook was the most successful Apple notebook, not the high-end 17" MacBook Pro and the iMac always out-sold the Mac Pro (or PowerMac) by far.

Besides, we've also heard the rumors that this Retina Display iPad might probably be named "iPad Pro" -- which means that there might be TWO different iPad product lines in the future. The one with the current display resolution and the one with the high resolution display. But one thing should be absolutely clear: Unless they subsidize it, Apple cannot sell a Retina display iPad at the price of the current iPad. The added costs of the high resolution display alone will be prohibitive.

I'd expect the low-end Retina iPad 3 (16GB without 3G) to cost at least as much as the high-end iPad 2 (64GB with 3G). I mean, I'd love to see the Retina version to replace the current product line at the same price level, but let's be realistic here: That's just not possible.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago

If something has been officially said by Jobs you can consider it fact..


Just like Jobs has repeatedly denied rumours of multiple future products and services (or discontinuation of such)?
Off the top of my head:

[LIST]
[*]White iPhone 4 coming "soon"
[*]XServe wouldn't be discontinued
[*]MobileMe/.Mac wouldn't be discontinued
[*]Apple not interested in mobile phones (prior to iPhone)
[*]Apple not interested in tablets (prior to iPad)
[*]Apple not interested in portable video players (prior to video iPod)
[*]PowerMac G5 would scale to 3 GHZ in a year
[*]iPhone OS would not have an SDK and native 3rd party applications
[*]PowerBook G5 availability
[*]iPhone 4 has no issues with the antenna design /reception (bit iffy this one, but nonetheless deceiving)
[*]Apple still interested in professional markets (despite acting otherwise and focusing increasingly more on consumer products)
[*]"it just works" *
[*]"1000 songs in your pocket" *
[/LIST]

*Okay, the last two are definitely more marketing speak, but still misleading statements he's made before, akin to dozens of others. Macs aren't flawless, and I've never managed to contain the amount of songs or other data based on Apple's marketing, even using their recommended encoding! Don't get me wrong, I think that Apple is sometimes pretty good at this spec stuff, like battery life and such, but it's never a completely true statement. In any case, there's tons more and better examples. Remember that Jobs deceived Wozniak some 40 years ago when he paid Woz only $350 for his work in simplifying a circuit board design for Atari after agreeing to split the bonus (which was actually $5000) evenly. That's pretty concrete evidence that the guy isn't really trustworthy, or at least wasn't.

There's definitely better examples, I'm sure some of these may be mistaken as well. But, the point is he frequently bends the truth or outright deceives people publicly and in private email contact. Of course, as the CEO of a major company this is not unsurprising, it's simply a business tactic. He can't very well announce to everyone that a product will be obsolete in a couple months time or sales would stagnate. There's a term for it that I can't remember based on some company that did this and went bankrupt or something, I don't know, I don't do business or economics.
Rating: 4 Votes

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