Upcoming iPad Update Not The Real iPad 3, and Apple to Overhaul Most Products in 2012

Submitted by lalit on November 2, 2011 - 10:48pm.

DigiTimes is reporting that Apple will start production of next generation iPad by end of this year and launch the new model in March 2012. However, the news site claims that the update will be minor and we won’t see major changes like ultra high definition display. DigiTimes’ Aaron Lee wrote:

Apple's new generation iPad will enter mass production soon with the launch set for March 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain; however, the sources revealed that internally Apple does not view the new iPad product as iPad 3, but rather an upgraded iPad 2 and the real iPad 3 will not be launched until the third quarter of 2012 at the earliest.

The iPad 2 upgrade will be thinner than iPad 2, and will offer longer battery life. Due to the Lunar New Year holidays in China in January, Apple has decided to start small volume shipments in the fourth quarter of 2011, the sources noted.

DigiTimes is also reporting that Apple will completely overhaul iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air in 2012. Yenting Chen posted:

Inventory of key parts and components for the next-generation iPads will be sufficient enough for the production of two million units by year-end 2011, the sources pointed out. Apple has asked makers in the supply chain to develop flat panel modules and LED light bars for two iPad prototypes, codenamed J1 and J2, the sources revealed.

TPK Holdings will begin to supply touch panels to Apple in November before Wintek starts shipping comparable models in December, added the sources. However, the next-generation iPhone and iMac are unlikely to be revealed until the second half of 2012, the sources added.

DigiTimes hasn’t been very accurate with their Apple rumors in past one year, so take the news with a grain of salt. Also our sources weren’t able to verify any of the above mentioned news.