Rumor: No iPad 3 this year after all?

Some of you might have read reports that Apple might launch a new iPad tablet device by the end of the year. The reports claims that the iPad 3 might have a higher resolution display compared to the current iPad 2. Now Digitimes has posted up word that any plans Apple might have had for an iPad 3 launch this year have been scrapped. The story says that the reason for the delay is, oddly enough, because of the display screen.

Specifically Digitimes claims via unnamed sources that Apple was unable to get enough of the higher resolution screens made from its supply sources such as Sharp, Samsung and LG. Apple was previously supposed to ship as many as 8 million iPad 3s by the end of 2011. However the company still plans to ship as many as 30 million units of the current iPad. Digitimes also claims that the delay of the iPad 3 launch has also caused other tablet makers to delay launches of its own product launches in 2011. The article doesn't specify which tablet makers are affected.

That means that Apple will likely only launch its new and long awaited iPhone 5 this fall along with the refresh of its iPod media player product line. A new story over at 9to5Mac.com reports, again via unnamed sources, that Apple will actually launch the iPhone 5 on October 7 with pre-orders for the smartphone taken a week beforehand. As usual take these kind of unsourced stories with a big grain of salt.

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Well, I know that Japan is still realing from the tsunami, so I'm sure that supply shortages are going to happen for some products... Apple for whatever reason seems to be affected more than other manufacturers though for some reason.

alexalex said,
Apple is affected more than others because Apple sells millions while other sell thousands.

Well, I'm pretty sure Samsung, Toshiba, HTC, Fuji, etc., etc. sell millions as well. I wasn't referring to tablets specifically, but electronics in general. Apple seems to be in a position where they need to keep pushing off their products, while others are able to keep their manufacturing plans. Perhaps because they have more of a stake in the manufacturing businesses...?

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, I'm pretty sure Samsung, Toshiba, HTC, Fuji, etc., etc. sell millions as well. I wasn't referring to tablets specifically, but electronics in general. Apple seems to be in a position where they need to keep pushing off their products, while others are able to keep their manufacturing plans. Perhaps because they have more of a stake in the manufacturing businesses...?

When it comes to tablets, other manufacturers simply sell a lot less when compared to the ipad 2. And I wouldn't say that other manufactures are able to keep up with their manufacturing plans.

If I understood correctly, motorola had to delay the '4G' feature of the Xoom tablet and come up with that weird upgrade program to be able to release the thing sooner. Samsung at some point decided the tab 10.1 was too fat compared to the ipad 2 (for a tablet that had similar features), and designed a slimmer one in record time. The 'old' one was rebranded 10.1v, and some markets are stuck with it.

For electronics in general, apple has always been about a reduced array of products. This gives others more room to experiment (the myriad of HTC phones, for example), whereas apple has to carefully time their product launches to 'keep up' with the market in terms of components and what not. But I wouldn't say apple is struggling with this either. The refreshed macbook pros were among the first sandy bridge laptops released. The iphone 4's retina display is still unmatched in terms of pixel density. Even the macbook airs are ahead the yet-to-be-released ultrabooks, at a competitive price. And while the ipad 2 may have not beaten anybody to the punch in terms of dual core CPU, you can tell it's the other manufacturers that struggled to released their tablets in time.


Edited by Julius Caro, Aug 17 2011, 10:17am :

Why is anyone expecting to see the iPad 3 by this year, when the iPad 2 only came out in March?

Don't expect to see it until February, at least (it was 11 months between the iPad 1 and iPad 2).

MightyJordan said,
Why is anyone expecting to see the iPad 3 by this year, when the iPad 2 only came out in March?

Don't expect to see it until February, at least (it was 11 months between the iPad 1 and iPad 2).


Because that kind of release cycle is normal for Apple..

Coi said,

Because that kind of release cycle is normal for Apple..

Since when have Apple refreshed the same product in the same year? Basically everything is done annually, with the computers tending to have longer refresh cycles.

Even the first iPhone > iPhone 3G was a years difference - I remember that one seeming pretty quick but other than that I can't recall a single time apple has refreshed a product twice in the same year

Who was expecting the ipad 3 this year anwyay? Though I could understand if they offered the retina display as an 'option' to the current ipad 2. Otherwise, it was going to be a mess. Look at what happened to nintendo for lowering the 3DS price so soon. Imagine the outcry if they retired the ipad2 6 months after release. They're not dumb.

Julius Caro said,
Who was expecting the ipad 3 this year anwyay? Though I could understand if they offered the retina display as an 'option' to the current ipad 2. Otherwise, it was going to be a mess. Look at what happened to nintendo for lowering the 3DS price so soon. Imagine the outcry if they retired the ipad2 6 months after release. They're not dumb.

Well I was expect an iPad 2 HD to be released. I never expected the iPad 3 to be released this year. Anyway, you and I both no that nobody knows s**t when it comes to Apple's release schedule. So it can still come out this year.

I never understood the rumors for an iPad 3, why would apple compete against themselves, the iPad2 has only recently started shipping within 24hours, for the 6months following it's launch they have had a hard job to keep up with demand, to release an iPad3 would really be shooting themselves in the foot. I think Apple have got the right swing now with iPad3 in Q1 / March, Mac mid year or Q2/3 and iPhone/iPod Q3/Q4 late in the year just before christmas.

REM2000 said,
I never understood the rumors for an iPad 3, why would apple compete against themselves, the iPad2 has only recently started shipping within 24hours, for the 6months following it's launch they have had a hard job to keep up with demand, to release an iPad3 would really be shooting themselves in the foot. I think Apple have got the right swing now with iPad3 in Q1 / March, Mac mid year or Q2/3 and iPhone/iPod Q3/Q4 late in the year just before christmas.

Here is my little rant on this topic. The supposed iPad 3 that is/was coming out this year was more than likely going to be an HD iPad with Retina Display (IMO). So I think Apple would have called it the iPad 2 HD. Remember that Apple's competition already has a leg up on the HD Tablets. Apple has no such device. It would be smart of Apple to release it this year.

Also remember the stupid comment by Steve Jobs? He said no one wants a phone like the Evo or the Droid X. And he basically called it a Hummer smartphone. It's to big to handle. Well guess what, as of late last year, 25% of the smartphone market is owned by the so called "Hummer Smartphones". Apple is missing out on that too.

Back to the topic of the iPad 3, releasing such a product out so soon is not competing against itself. It's perfectly normal and I'm sure the price would have been slightly higher anyway.

Is Samsung competing against themselves when they release a 10" tablet and a 7" tablet? Is Amazon, Motorola, etc...? NO! Those are products that are geared for different audiences based on preference and budget. Apple really needs to have an HD display for their iPad lineup and while were on that subject, Apple really needs a bigger screen iPhone. These are products that people will go somewhere else for if Apple doesn't step it up.

But in the end, like I have mentioned before, no one knows what Apple is up to and all these rumors are just stupid to mention on a front page of a site dedicated to Microsoft. I understand the need to report on it if it were an Apple site. I even understand the need to report on an actual Apple release on a Microsoft site. But Apple rumors don't belong on a front page Microsoft news site.

Just my two cents.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Aug 17 2011, 11:39am :

If this rumour is true, then this is GOOD news. I was a bit miffed after recently buying a brand new iPad 2 that they were considering making it obsolete with a new version after much less than a year.

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