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Apple: To Release Third-Generation iPad Later this Year?

Written on July 07, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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A report claims that Apple's next-generation iPad will just be an extension of iPad 2 rather than a full iPad 3 update.

Along with the issues of whether to name the next-generation iPhone as “iPhone 5″ or “iPhone 4S”, few reports as well revealed that may release its third iPad device sometime this year — perhaps this would be about six months after the official debut of .

FBR Capital Markets analyst, Craig Berger, cited: “There are some indications from the supply chain that Apple may look to introduce an ‘’ device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device. Apple may launch the device in late 2011″.

Most of the reports also claimed that the next-gen iPad will be called as “iPad3″. However, Craig Berger believes that the future device is not actually considered as a “full-fledged third-generation iPad.” Instead, it will only be an extension of the iPad 2. Thus, the right term to be used for the next-gen iPad is “iPad 2 Plus”.

Craig Berger also pointed out that Apple is aiming for a fall release, and the so-called iPad 2 Plus will feature a higher-resolution display. “We hear Apple could migrate the iPad’s display resolution from a current pixel density of 132 (pixels per inch) to 250-300 ppi for the ‘iPad 2 Plus’ (note that the iPhone 4’s screen is 326 ppi),” he wrote in a note. The analyst also said that the debut of iPad 2 Plus might reduce the screen productions of other brands, such as LG and Samsung, as they may have difficulties in creating such high-resolution screens instantly.

Moreover, Craig Berger disclosed that Apple is estimating some touchscreen solutions for its future iPad, though the prototypes to be used for that hardware cannot be built by first quarter of 2012.

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