Apple's Suppliers Preparing for Fall Launch of iPhone 5 and iPad 3?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    DigiTimes reports that upstream suppliers in Apple's manufacturing chain have been given orders to begin preparing for production of next-generation iPhone and iPad models, with a debut expected in the September-October timeframe.
    While Apple has been widely rumored to be preparing to launch its next-generation iPhone within that timeframe, a new iPad has been a controversial topic. A number of sources have reported that Apple may introduce an updated iPad just months after the release of the iPad 2 as the company seeks to maintain its stranglehold on the tablet market in the face of rapidly-increasing competition, but those claims have been met with skepticism by others expecting Apple to roughly stick to its usual annual update cycle.

    According to today's report, the new iPad will likely be thinner and lighter than the current iPad 2 and will support a display resolution of approximately 250 dpi, which would be double that of the iPad and iPad 2.

    Article Link: Apple's Suppliers Preparing for Fall Launch of iPhone 5 and iPad 3?
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2008
    Apple doesn't need to release an iPad 3 to maintain their stranglehold on the tablet market. They just need companies like HP to keep introducing tablets that are pieces of crap.
  3. Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
    I thought they were supposed to be ramping up iPad 2 production? Now 3 is being reported to be released in a few months time? :rolleyes:
  4. macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Ok, iPhone is widely expected but didn't we get a story the other day about Apple increasing production of the current generation iPad? It seems nobody has a clue!
  5. macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2007
    I just don't buy the iPad 3 rumor. The iPad 2 is selling too well and when has Apple ever released two updates in the same year of the same product. (No, I'm not counting Mac refreshes)
  6. macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2011
    We all can quite happily expect an iPhone 5 in the coming months.

    I'd be in shock if they were to release an iPad 3 now. The iPad 2 hasn't even gone through it's full cycle, production levels have just been ramped up. They'll push the iPad 2 all the way through Christmas and release the 3 next year. They're still miles ahead of anybody else.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2008
    Give me retina!

    Apple doesn't need to come out with iPad 3 this year. It wouldn't make much sense. But I've waited long enough to get an iPad. Make an iPad with better resolution and I'm in. Finally. The sooner, the better :)
  8. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011

    Enough said.
    I don't think there will be an iPad 3 this year.

    Hmmm should I believe this rumour or the word of Jobs? Hmmmm hard question.
  9. macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2009
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    Regardless of what steve said before, I believe that this iPad 3 the articles are referring to will really be a 5" or 7" iPad to compete more directly with say the playstation vita and other tablets, with a retina display true iPad 3 released next April. This will still take away the competitors thunder in the fall, and it can be launched along side other iPods as a variation of the iPod touch.

    Perhaps, perhaps not.
    Just my 2¢
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
    California and Texas
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010

    I second that emoticon
  12. macrumors regular

    May 4, 2009
    Interesting...but I don't buy all of it

    The next-gen iPhone i can understand. Due to the recurring product cycle, Apple has created a solid track record of releasing a new iPhone every year, which they haven't done yet. I agree with the September debut forecast being that iOS 5 is scheduled to be released in the fall term. Which means they will typically release the software first and the new iPhone hardware shortly after. As for the next-gen iPad, I just don't see that happening. Apple practically owns the entire tablet market share, their competitors don't match to the success, consistency and uniformity of the iPad. I just don't see the iPad thing coming until next year second term. SJ pretty much put it in a doggy-bag that...

  13. macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2008
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    iPad 3?? Seriously??? (sarcasm).

    I used to get sucked into all the hype, and Apple (aided by macrumors' hyper-rumoring no doubt) has capitalized on the roller coaster of we the consumers' obsession with latest greatest new model.

    Way too early for an iPad 3, in my humble opinion. It's so early that I really don't seem to be able to get excited about it. iPad 2 is just getting started stretching it's legs. iPhone 5 seems more likely.

    I'll call it "Update Fatigue". Imagine us all joyous and fulfilled after the MacBook air comes out in July, and then obsessive hyper-rumoring begins over a new MBA mac-rumored to come out in august. Or september. (verified by a source that heard from a source that heard from a...)

    Joke. :p
  14. macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2006
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    250 dpi?? Dots? On a computer display? Really??

    I. Think. You. Mean. P.P.I.
  15. macrumors 68000

    Jan 27, 2007
    Not likely. Apple may appear to be a huge company but it is actually pretty small for the number of different products it sells. Moving the iPad release to the fall, along with the iPhone and all the iPods would be too much to handle at one time.
  16. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    i wouldn't mind the iPad 3 in the fall. i'm seriously considering getting an iPad after my summer job around that time but i'm not sure to still get the iPad 2 with rumors of the revision usually starting around that time. but can i wait til april 2012? i'm not sure ^^

    i also don't mind apple for pushing the iPhone to the fall, as i'm able to get my iPhone 4 replaced in january :)
  17. macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2005
    somewhere outside your window...
    This is a rumour based on "industry sources", not a report. It's a report when Apple confirms it. :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    So then according to that photo there will be no iPhone 5 since it's the year of the iPad 2.
  19. macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Why would you miss the Christmas Buying season with a product that already outsells all of the "competition" combined. It seems pointless and not cost effective to release a new iPad now. Especially when the iPad 2 is an excellent device.
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2008
    I'm starting a new rumor. After the iPad 3 is released in September the iPad 4 will be released in January.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Apr 13, 2010
    Into the lungs of Hell
    iPad Pro

    Same internals but with a better camera and screen.

    ^ But even that doesn't make sense. :confused:
  22. macrumors 68030


    Sep 6, 2007
    The only thing I could see for the iPad in the fall would be a slightly improved version of the current iPad 2. iPad 3 is too soon.

    Personally... I just don't see an iPad 3 in the future for 2011. Not needed.

    iOS 5 will be more than enough to keep the sales rolling.
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    Jun 15, 2011
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    Rumors aren't always true? :|
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    Oh, c'mon ... I also don't believe in an iPad 3 this year, but I have a good laugh everytime somebody brings on this picture as the ultimate proof ... That's almost as ridiculous as the iPad 3 rumors. Again: I also don't believe in the iPad 3 this year, but this picture/claim means NOTHING. "Hey, Steve gave his word!" - LOL.
  25. FvL
    macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
    Although I find it hard to believe that an iPad 3 would be released this year, I do think that Apple might have to increase their release pace because a year may be too long in this world and allow competitors to fill a gap.

    If the retina display rumour comes true, I believe it makes sense that Apple will simultaneously replace the back camera with a 5 or 8 megapixel variant and introduce Aperture for iPad.

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