The Apple rumour mill never sleeps. We've barely recovered from the endless speculation that dominated the build-up to the iPad 2's launch, and here we are speculating about... yes, you guessed it – the iPad 3.
It's obviously very early days yet, but we're already hearing whispers about two of the more significant details likely to dominate discussions about the next-gen Apple tablet: the screen, and the launch date.
First off, the screen – and it's fair to say Apple fans will be looking for something special after the iPad 2 arrived with a virtually unchanged display over the original.
But if DigiTimes is to be believed, we could be in for more disappointment, as the Taiwanese publication reckons Samsung – Apple's screen supplier – simply won't be able to make enough of its high-end AMOLED panels to match iPad demand.
Samsung is already stretched to the limit trying to keep up with AMOLED demand as it is, and while it has just opened a new factory producing the panels, DigiTimes suggests it still won't be able to produce enough units in time for the iPad 3's launch.
Especially if that launch comes before the end of 2011, as one industry analyst is suggesting. According to the Wall Street Journal, research firm CLSA believes the iPad 3 will be here in time for the holiday season, and will boast 4G LTE capabilities.
“While most vendors appear fixated on matching the specs and features of iPad 2, our checks suggest Apple will release iPad 3 in time for the holiday season, sporting a better display and LTE capabilities,” CLSA claims.
Note the mention of a “better display” there, effectively contradicting DigiTimes' version of things. Once again it just goes to show that when it comes to future Apple products, speculation is a game anyone can play.