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Report: The 'Real' iPad 3 Not Coming Until Late 2012

When Apple announced the iPhone 4S in October of this year, many were disappointed that the phone was just a follow-on to the iPhone 4 and not a completely new device. Apple has done this before, with the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS, and it looks like this trend of releasing an updated version of last year's device is spreading to other Apple products.

According to a report in Digitimes, while Apple's newest iPad will hit the market in March of next year, this won't be the 'real' iPad 3. Instead, the iPad we see early in 2012 will be an updated iPad 2. The website cites supply chain sources that say the 'real' iPad 3 won't be launched until the third quarter of 2012, at the earliest.

It wouldn't be at all surprising if this turns out to be true, after all, it wouldn't be the first time Apple has put off a full upgrade in favor of minor upgrades to last year's model. Add to that the fact that the iPad 2 was already a pretty major upgrade from the iPad 1, including a whole new design, and it seems pretty likely. According to the Digitimes report, the iPad 2 upgrade will have a longer battery life and a slightly slimmer design.

  • phishy714
    Apple milking its hordes or idiots once again!

    Not really too sure who I should point the finger to, though. Apple who will probably add a couple of gigs of HD space and a new camera and charge $500, or the dumbasses who will flock to buy it.
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  • darkchazz
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  • back_by_demand
    Epic Picard facepalm, +1000 to you
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  • back_by_demand
    Off topic, but the latest news articles in the top right, the Obama picture and the TELESAR robot picture - the similarity is really creepy.
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  • ojas
    Report: The 'Real' iPad 3 Not Coming Until Late 2012
    Windows 8 and Android 5.0 will be waiting...
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  • ikyung
    Longer battery life and a slimmer design? And yet Apple will somehow get record sales on the release day of this "innovative" iPad 2S over the Tegra 3 Android tablets that will be competing against them.
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  • burnley14
    This is kinda like Intel's "tick-tock" release cycle. Except Apple's "tock" totally sucks, whereas Intel's is usually awesome.
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  • Haserath
    What else can you do besides update the hardware in these things anyway? I would rather have quick minor upgrades than major slow ones.

    Tom's needs less Apple haters... The Ipad 2 has the fastest graphics hardware out to date and has great battery life, but lacks ram and software availability due to Apple's Totalitarian view on hardware and software compatibility.
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  • ikyung
    HaserathWhat else can you do besides update the hardware in these things anyway? I would rather have quick minor upgrades than major slow ones.Tom's needs less Apple haters... The Ipad 2 has the fastest graphics hardware out to date and has great battery life, but lacks ram and software availability due to Apple's Totalitarian view on hardware and software compatibility.Yes you are correct. There isn't much to do besides update the hardware. But what you are wrong about is, according the current rumors, Apple is doing the worse of both sides. Going with a MINOR upgrade using the SLOW route.

    Look at when iPad2 came out and look at when ASUS Transformer tablet came out. The Transformer Prime is launching soon while the "iPad 2S" is launching around March next year. Look at the horsepower upgrade the new Transformer Prime is getting.

    So Asus is doing a QUICK and MAJOR upgrade, while Apple is doing a SLOW and MINOR upgrade. See the difference?

    Of course, until Apple releases the official spec of the new iPad 2, these are just all rumors.
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  • getreal
    ojasWindows 8 and Android 5.0 will be waiting...And no one will care.
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