Apple’s new tablet may not be called iPad 3, but to everyone’s surprise, the iPad HD.
When everyone was expecting the third generation iOS to be the iPad 3, rumors have spread that this might not be the case; Apple may be releasing the ‘iPad HD’ instead, and some believe it would be called the ‘iPad 2 Plus’.
“There are some indications from the supply chain that Apple may look to introduce an ‘iPad 2 Plus‘ device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device,” FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger wrote to customers. “We now hear that component makers have received request-for-quotes (RFQs) from Apple for an ‘iPad 2 Plus‘, though no production schedule has yet been confirmed with suppliers.”
The market analyst also believes that this tablet would be released later in 2011. As the iPad 2 was released in March 2011, this one could be just a marginal update being released in less than a year from its earlier version.
Earlier this month, a report of Apple’s supply chain was released which showed that the new iPad would have a similar supply chain to the new iPhone, and proper volume of units would arrive by September. This justifies FBR Capital Markets’ predictions of a new tablet arriving by the end of 2011.
Some believe that this is exactly the reason why the new tablet is not being named the iPad 3. If Apple makes the iPad 2 obsolete within months there would be a huge uproar from loyal customers and the media. Whatever the name may be, it can be sure that the new Apple tablet will be popular because of the brand loyalty.
This move by Apple isn’t new or even out of the blue. The iPhone series saw additions to the iPhone 3 in the form of iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. It would be entirely possible that Apple applies to its tablets too.
Some of the features of the new iPad have already sprouted out. According to thisismynext.com the ‘iPad HD’ screen would have 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, which is about double the current size of 1024 x 768. Also, the new iPad is thought to be thinner and lighter for easy use.
Whatever the shape of the new Apple tablet, we can be sure that is just a marginal upgrade of the iPad 2. This might be aimed for the high-end users with more money to spend than the average Apple follower. Will the iPad HD or iPad 2 Plus be a sensation due to Apple’s name or will it be a flop addition to a successful tablet? Would you buy it?
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