Retina Display-Equipped iPad 3 to Launch in February?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    The next iPad will be introduced in February according to a research note issued by Citi analyst Richard Gardner, obtained by Business Insider.
    Gardner's note echoes prior reports of a mid-Winter launch for the iPad 3.

    Some reports had been suggesting that Apple's display suppliers were struggling with mass production of the higher-resolution 2048x1536 displays for the iPad 3, but reports over the past few weeks have indicated that the production is now moving along at Samsung, LG, and Sharp ahead of final iPad 3 assembly scheduled to begin next month at Foxconn.

    One issue that has remains unclear is whether the iPad 3 will be thinner or slightly thicker than the iPad 2. Several sources have claimed that the iPad 3 will need to be slightly thicker due to the adoption of a dual light bar system to handle the significant jump in display resolution. But another report from late last month claimed that Apple will be utilizing a new display technology to support the high-resolution without requiring dual light bars, a development that will allow the iPad 3 to be slightly thinner than the current model.

    Article Link: Retina Display-Equipped iPad 3 to Launch in February?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2010
    Hope it's sooner rather than later. I want to buy one for my mom, her macbook is on its last legs.
  3. macrumors 68030

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Best rumor of the month. I really hope it's real... :D
  4. rmwebs, Dec 8, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2011

    macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Sounds good.

    Although it should be noted that it WILL be slower than the iPad 2. It'll also take a fair while (1+ year) for most apps to get retina resolutions too for obvious reasons.

    Edit: to the 26 people who down voted this, it will be slower because there is currently no faster CPU on offer to Apple than the existing A5. You're all making an assumption that the A6 will be ready, despite most sources saying it wont. You take an iPad 2 and slap a 'retina' screen on it and its got to do 4x the work...thats fact, not opinion.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    So it won't have 4G, if this is true... Correct? Cuz they don't have the radios out yet
  6. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
  7. macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
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    Both of those "facts" couldn't sound more like the opposite of the truth
  8. macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2011
    How did you jump to the conclusion that iPad 3 will be slower than iPad 2? I'm curious.

    Wouldn't this only be the case if the A6 is generally the same architecture as the A5? If it's using a new more modern architecture like that used in Samsung's recently announced Exynos 520 SOC (dual-core Cortex A15 architecture), then iPad 3 should be just as fast if not faster than iPad 2.
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
  10. macrumors 65816

    Battlefield Fan

    Mar 9, 2008
  11. macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2008
    Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
    Heres hoping!!

    Slower? What you been smoking? A6 quad core more than likely with retina display. Will be awesome!

    And it wont take long for devs to update their apps. Not a year thats for sure!
  12. macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2011
    So glad I've been holding out on buying a 2.

    Hope this is true cos ME WANT COOKIE!:D
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
  14. macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    These iPad 3 rumors are making me reconsider having one again. :cool:
  15. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I really have no problem if it's slightly thicker than an iPad 2, especially if that added thickness can mean longer battery life or better performance.
  16. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2009
    Double or quadruple?

    When Gardner says, the iPad 3 will have "double the resolution" of the iPad 2, doesn't he mean quadruple? I don't think doubling the resolution is as big a problem - quadrupling is a massive difference.

    Or have I misunderstood the situation?
  17. macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    The real question is...

    Will it get 4 cores to drive that fancy new display? I don't think the A5 will cut it.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2011
    Ain't no way in HELL the iPad 3 is gonna be SLOWER than the iPad 2. Nope.

    That ain't gonna happen.

    Battery life might take a slight hit because of the power suckin' potential of a 9.7" Retina display...but it won't be slower.

    Actually, the battery life should improve, especially if they plan to make the ipad "slightly" thicker.

    I would hope along with the Retina Display it gets better battery life, the A6 AND a better camera. :)

    But then...we are all just guessing right?
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    Skype will take a year to get an update mark my words.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    To quote Seth Meyers from the iPad 2 launch, "just in time to make everyone feel bad about their Christmas present."
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2010
    Cool! I would love this, especially since it is so early in my semester for school :)
  22. macrumors 68000


    Feb 28, 2006
    Ann Arbor
    Ah, the upgrade for my iPad 1. Looking forward to it!
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2011
    The A6 and a retina display would be perfect, and really go a long way in making the ipad a viable video/photo editing tool on the road. Me likey.

    But will the A6 be ready by February? Wasn't there a rumor that it wouldn't be ready until the summer?
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2011
    Sooner than I would have expected. Nobody else is going to have screens like that for a long time, and they will make even more of a difference at iPad size than they did at iPhone size.

    Really looking forward to this, hope it's true!
  25. macrumors 68000


    Apr 17, 2008
    Thicker than the iPad 2 is an oxymoron and Apple will never do that. The same maybe but thicker not going to happen, out in Feb would love if it was true but not going to hold my fingers cross. But if it is I am ready for it. White HD iPad come to daddy. :D

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