According to a Citi analyst, Apple is prepping a next-generation iPad (probably called the iPad 3) for a February release.
The new device would most likely be close to the same as the iPad 2 but include Apple’s high-resolution retina display technology found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, said analyst Richard Gardner in a research note first reported on by Business Insider and PCMag.
Gardner reportedly said that “several sources” told him that Apple could launch the iPad 3 as early as February, which would put its debut ahead of the first two generations of Apple’s tablet.
Apple’s iPhone 4 and 4S have what is classified as a retina display, with a resolution of 960 x 640 resolution, and a 326 ppi. Any display with a ppi of 300 or greater is said be so dense that pixels are indistinguishable from each other to the human eye at a distance of about 10 to 12 inches — and thus, those displays can be dubbed retina displays.
Other tablets have already been made with higher resolution screens by Apple rivals but nothing close to a retina display tablet has surfaced yet (Samsung is working on one though).
According to a article by Digitimes, Apple has been making numerous deals with different Taiwan-based component factories in hopes of making their next “surprise”, the iPad 3, a cheaper more available product.
Some of these companies include Richtek Technology, Capella Microsystems, and Novatek Microelectronics.
The new iPad will have an improved display along with full 1080p HD support. Rumors say that it will arrive with the iPhone 5 in September but a recent report from China Times states that the launch will be delayed until November.