There were rumours of an imminent iPad 3 even before Jobs announced the iPad 2, and when the latter arrived with an identical resolution to its predecessor, those rumours went into overdrive.
It was suggested that an iPad 3 with a higher definition display might arrive in time for Christmas, however Digitimes now reckons those plans have been shelved.
Apple had reportedly pencilled in to ship up to 8 million units in the latter half of 2011, but apparently those figures have been erased entirely. Pourquoi? Two reasons, mes amis.
Firstly, suppliers of the iPad 3's 9.7in 2048 x 1536 display – Sharp, Samsung Electronics and LG Display – are thought to be unable to meet demand.
Also, the higher definition display requires a larger backlight, but that conflicts with the aim of making the tablet thinner.
According to Digitimes, Apple still aims to ship a whopping 28-30 million units of the iPad 2 in Q3/Q4.