Even before the iPad 2 was unveiled at the beginning of March, there were suggestions that Apple might release an iPad 3 or iPad 2 HD later in the year. When Steve Jobs revealed the decidedly non-HD iPad 2, it did seem like a vague possibility.
A few weeks ago, a couple of “solid sources” told TechCrunch that iOS 5 had been shoved back to autumn, and would be released alongside a new iPad. However, Digitimes reckons an HD iPad is still a long way off.
“Sources from touch panel makers” have told Digitimes that Apple has shown an interest in improving the iPad’s display, but since those enquiries are still at an early stage, it’s unlikely we’ll see a new HD iPad any time soon.
AMOLED technology would be one option for improved screenage, but the sources point out that the technology is largely controlled by Samsung, one of Apple’s tablet and smartphone rivals.
The lack of an HD screen certainly hasn’t hurt demand. The estimated shipping time on the online Apple Store is still 2-3 weeks across the globe. As such, there’s no need for Apple to rush out a successor to the iPad 2. We reckon it’ll be space year 2012AD for the iPad 3.