iPad 3 tipped for supply issues, and might it be the iPad HD?

iPad 3 tipped for supply issues, and might it be the iPad HD?This week, Apple finally announced March 7 as the date for the iPad 3 launch event, telling invitees: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” Er, that doesn’t sound seedy at all.

In the meantime, iPad 3 rumours continue to swirl, and now we’re hearing that the iPad 3 – or is it the iPad HD? – might face supply problems at launch.

The big feature on the iPad 3 is expected to be a massively improved display, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 – twice that of the original iPad and iPad 2.

However, according to good old Digitimes, the supply chain – including Sharp, LG and Samsung – hasn’t been able to meet demand. As a result, iPad 3 supply might be limited till Q2.

Meanwhile, Gizmodo has obtained part listings from Griffin and Belkin suggesting that the iPad 3 might in fact be called the iPad HD. Given that the focus will be very much on the display, that’s not too far-fetched.

Other iPad 3 specs are rumoured to include a thicker shell housing a quad-core A6 processor and iPhone 4S-style 8MP camera. Roll on Wednesday.

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matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 2, 2012 at 12:18

Wasn't the iPad 2 sold out for ages after it had been "released" (I struggle to count shipping one batch and then a month or so of waiting for more stock as an actual product release)?

MDrX  Mar. 2, 2012 at 16:25

The iPad 2 sold more in its first weekend that the original iPad did in a month. You can forgive Apple for not being able to keep up with that kind of demand. It was further hampered by the launch in more countries 2 weeks after the US launch, again, the original didn't launch outside of the US for almost 2 months. I think the iPad 2 also had issues because of the Japanese tsunami.

Pondlife  Mar. 2, 2012 at 18:55

Got an email from Comet about getting ipad2 on buy now pay next year, nothing in that in itself and current price £399 for 16gb.

But in small print valid for all ipads £299 and over. Hint as to what's to come?

MDrX  Mar. 3, 2012 at 10:56

Comet (and others) sold off the iPad 1 shortly after the iPad 2 announcement for £320, it's probable some went as low as £299 for refurbs.
Comet don't know anything about the products they have in stock, let alone the super-secret ones nobody knows about..

Pondlife  Mar. 3, 2012 at 12:28

I meant hint as to what price they think they will need to offload the old stock.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 3, 2012 at 12:57

Pondlife (still loving the name, btw :)), I agree with you entirely, I think we'll be seeing £299 iPad 2 16Ggb Wi-Fi models by this time next week. That does make me wonder about the prospect of a £300 8gb iPad 2 though...

Pondlife  Mar. 3, 2012 at 21:15

Cheers :)
Yeah sure does make that one seem odd, unless they give the 8gb some minor boost. or unless there isn't an 8b one.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 3, 2012 at 21:18

I was thinking about it after I posted that, maybe if there is an 8gb version it won't be released straight away, giving shops time to sell off the original iPad 2s. Or, like you said, maybe there is no lesser memory version of the iPad 2.

Pondlife  Mar. 3, 2012 at 22:06

Do they normally worry about shops having time to sell them? Can't imagine they do but not really paid any attention

Pondlife  Mar. 3, 2012 at 22:39

I don't think ipad HD would be a good name, when they use HD to mean the old res for apps and games in itunes store atm.

Having three different resolutions is a bit messy anyway, think they might need to change the store around

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