March Launch for Slightly Thicker iPad 3? iPhone with 4-Inch Screen in Summer?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iLounge offers a series of tidbits from its "most reliable source" regarding Apple's product plans for 2012, reporting that the iPad, iPhone, and MacBook Pro will all be receiving redesigns.

    - iPad: The source indicates that the iPad 3 is planned to launch in March and that it will be approximately 0.7 mm thicker than the iPad 2 due to the need to incorporate a dual light bar system for the higher-resolution display. The iPad 2 currently checks in 8.8 mm thick, which would make the iPad 3 approximately 8% thicker than the iPad 2 but still substantially thinner than the 13.4 mm original iPad.


    Previous "iPhone 5" mockup based on leaked case designs
    - iPhone: iLounge's source claims that the next-generation will not resemble the teardrop "iPhone 5" design that circulated ahead of the iPhone 4S introduction last month. The next iPhone is, however, said to carry a 4-inch display (up from 3.5 inches in the current iPhone) and be 8 mm longer than the current form factor. Apple is said to be targeting a summer launch for the device, which would mark a short interval from the iPhone 4S launch last month.

    - MacBook Pro: The source indicates that 2012 will indeed see the launch of a thinner MacBook Pro form factor, barring any last-minute problems. We've been hearing for some time that Apple has been finishing up work on just such a redesign, although the company did sneak in one last minor refresh using the current form factor just last month. Recent reports have claimed that an ultra-thin 15" Mac notebook, whether it be a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, is on target for a March launch with small volumes of components already making their way through the supply chain.

    Article Link: March Launch for Slightly Thicker iPad 3? iPhone with 4-Inch Screen in Summer?
  2. macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011
    iPad 3 will probably retain the same form factor. Why make trade-offs?
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2007
    The iPhone 5 is most likely coming out in the fall. I highly doubt they'll release the 5 so close to the 4S.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2005
    Apple releasing a thicker iteration of a product!!??

    Steve, did you hear that!?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2007
    Spokane, WA
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2011
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2011
    Portugal (Porto)
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2011
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    The iPad could be .7 mm thicker and people would say, "There are Android tablets that are thinner!"

    Let me know when those same tablets can run a retina display with the additional time .7mm of battery thickness provides, assuming these rumors are true...
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 5, 2011
    The iPhone 3G was slightly thicker than the iPhone. This wouldn't be the first time. I think customers won't mind (or notice) 0.7mm when the screen is retina quality.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
  12. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2007
    The calm was nice while it lasted, but I guess it's about time this started up again.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    Really hoping for a 15 inch MBA soon... my current MBP has had so many issues with the superdrive failing over the past few years... :(
  15. macrumors 6502

    Dec 16, 2002
    Washington, DC.

    I call BS on the iPhone. 4G chips won't be available in time for a summer launch. Also they pushed the release back to fall for a reason. It's taking the place of the iPod event. No more WWDC iPhone launches.
  16. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    The iPhone 5 MAY have a summer release date now, but there will be "problems" that will push it to Fall 2012.

    Remember this. This is what will be said when Summer gets here. smh.

  17. macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    I just can't imagine Apple going the other way in terms of thickness. It's just absolutely against their philosophy, no matter how magical the technology may be.

    Now that the Amazon Fire is out, I'd like to think Apple will strive even harder to get the weight of the iPad as low as they can go. I'd really like to see a 1 lb iPad.
  18. macrumors member

    May 6, 2010
    I would say these are all pretty credible. I doubt anyone will object or notice a fractional increase in depth to the iPad. Personally, I don't like the teardrop design and don't see it as something Apple would produce. I'm kind of undecided about the MacBook Pro redesign. Assuming the loss of the optical drive in the next generation, how thin can they make it while retaining the power with a hard drive, ram and the plethora of ports it will be sure to have?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Keep hearing about the iPad 3 "higher resolution display" but will it be 2x?
  20. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    Thinner MBP only acceptable if it has Blu Ray.
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2011
    But I thought Apples were super high quality and lasted forever, and that's why they were so expensive? :confused:
  22. macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
  23. macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2010
    I would be buying an iPhone 6 no matter what, but that is kinda messed up releasing an iPhone so quickly after the 4S launch. Apple is having a hard time keeping up with the 4S launch as it is.
  24. macrumors 6502


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    As always, I'll take this with a grain of salt ;)

    That being said, I wonder what would happen if Apple did release a thicker iPad? Even though it would seem to be a step backward in terms of design, I would personally be ok with it if we got a significantly improved display and (maybe) 4G connectivity. But, I do hope they can find a way to keep the weight down if they go this route. The original iPad was just a bit too heavy IMO.

    As far as the next iPhone goes, I doubt we will see it before fall. Releasing it in the summer would cannibalize 4S sales and piss a lot of people off. Apple doesn't really have any incentive to do that.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Jun 10, 2010
    They released the 4S 8 months after the 4 hit Verizon. If they were to get back on the June/July release schedule for iPhone next year that would put the cycle on that at 8/9 months.

    In a world with 2 & 3 year wireless contracts, 3-4 months isn't that big of a deal.

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