Rumor: iPad 3 to debut in October with iPhone 5?

There have been rumors for the past several months that Apple might pull out a surprise this fall and release the third generation of its iPad tablet. Today  Digitimes has added some fuel to that speculation, stating via unnamed sources that Taiwan supply companies "have begun to prepare materials for the production" of both the iPad 3 and the fifth version of Apple's iPhone. The article adds that both products are "likely to make their debuts in September and to hit the market in October."

So far there's been no concrete news on the iPad 3 launch before the end of 2011. The Digitime story seems to suggest the iPad 3 will be lighter and thinner than the current version of the tablet and also have a screen resolution of 250 ppi. Some have speculated that any third generation version of the iPad would also have a quad-core processor. The current iPad 2 has the A5 dual core processor which has twice the overall performance and nine times the graphical performance of the first 2010 version of the iPad.

The article claims that total iPad shipments for 2011, including both the iPad 2 and the unconfirmed iPad 3, will reach 40 million units. The article also states that Apple is expected to ship a total of 85 million iPhones worldwide in 2011. The article says that only one version of the new iPhone will be released this year. There had been speculation that Apple might launch a second smaller and cheaper version of the iPhone.

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All right! Good to know that Verizon may NOT get their IPhone 5 till next year! It's also good to know that the IPhone 5 may be delayed till October, as Apple will have to continue to Support my AT&T Apple IPhone 3GS until the IPhone 5 hits the Market in October!

thatguyandrew1992 said,

Money. Everyone with the iPad 2 will upgrade.

Wrong. That's a total waste of money when the iPad 2 works perfectly fine.

Tony. said,
No offence, but I'm sick of hearing all these predicted dates of release for a new iPhone/iPad.

Yeah it's kind of annoying considering that it has shifted, at most, 3 months from the typical july date. It's not the end of the world. It's almost just as annoying as hearing news of the WP7 marketplace reaching app number milestones

Julius Caro said,

Yeah it's kind of annoying considering that it has shifted, at most, 3 months from the typical july date. It's not the end of the world. It's almost just as annoying as hearing news of the WP7 marketplace reaching app number milestones

Yeah because hearing about how many x thousand apps Apple has in their app store is much better
/s

The point is people said WP7 would fail and MS was late to the game but considering they have hit 25k apps, thats a big deal.

Well seeing as it's still almost impossible to find one on the shelves, I don't see any reason for them to push out an upgrade already.

But regardless, if they do upgrade it with a retina display, I'll be selling mine and upgrading. But if not, I'll hold on to it for another generation or so. It's really snappy as is, so I can't imagine a quad core would make it a game-changer.

if the next ipad has a 'retina'-like display I'm getting one. I've been putting it off until then. I'd still like to see what kind of tablet Amazon is developing though.

I don't see a new iPad coming out this year. There's no reason to and makes little sense for Apple.

I do see a cheaper iPhone coming out though alongside the next one

DomZ said,
I don't see a new iPad coming out this year. There's no reason to and makes little sense for Apple.

I do see a cheaper iPhone coming out though alongside the next one

It wouldn't bother me so much if they bumped the iPad 2 specs up a little (more memory, etc) or lowered the price just before christmas to draw in holiday shoppers. But if they do something major like retina display, that would rub me the wrong way (as an iPad 2 owner). Not sure why that would bother me... I have my self-centered moments.

DomZ said,
I don't see a new iPad coming out this year. There's no reason to and makes little sense for Apple.

I do see a cheaper iPhone coming out though alongside the next one

And lose out on a lot of money? They won't leave the iPod market just yet.

You forgot the iPod.
However, I don't think they, or anybody else, is ready to release a screen of this density. Seems a little far fetched to me.