iPad 3 set for an October launch + Amazon faces component shortage due to iPad 2 demand

Those who have been flaunting the latest Apple iPad 2 run the risk of getting outdated soon. This since the stage is getting set for the grand launch of the newest version of the iPad series – the iPad 3 that promises to set new benchmarks in the tablet segment. This when the competitors already seem to be at their wits end in their attempt to match the success iPad has met with.

So while we all have been aware of rumors of the new iPad coming around the September – October time frame, there seems some amount of credibility to the projected launch window. This since Digitimes is reporting several component manufacturers based in Taiwan are gearing up for the production of the latest iteration of Apple tablet. Production is slated to start off in August though in small quantity but will pick up by September and October. All these point out the tablet might be launched by September itself though will be up fro grabs from October onwards.

Also, with everything within the realm of rumors and speculations, there also are some hints of what the new iPad 3 might have within its interiors. Like it might be an A6 Quad core processor along with enhanced retina display with an impressive resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels that might be the biggest USP of the upcoming Apple tablet.

Among the other features that the iPad 3 may also come with include NFC technology and the speedy Thunderbolt I/O. Also, thankfully, the iPad 3 is tipped to include an 8 megapixel camera at the front and rear which will be a nice improvement over the dismal camera that the present iPad 2 comes with that seems to be more of an after-thought than being built for any real practical purpose. Also with companies upping the ante on the ‘slimmer and lighter’ aspects of tablet PCs, it perhaps won’t be too far stretched to expect iPad 3 to set new standards on these aspects. In fact, to score on the weigh factor, there are even some reports of Apple using materials such as carbon fiber plastics.

In the meantime, while we wait for the more enhanced iPad 3, the current iPad 2 continues to wreak havoc on competitors. Its not the the current crop of tablets that has to face its onslaught but companies with future tablet plans are also facing the heat. Like Amazon that has set up plans to launch two Android tablet by fall of this year. But then, there already are reports of the company having a tough time sourcing its components as the majority of component manufacturers have already committed themselves to Apple orders for the iPad 2 or are expecting a fresh round of orders. As of now, 60 percent of touch panels produced anywhere in the world is meant for the iPad 2. So this goes to show how popular the iPad 2 still is and what affect the even more enhanced iPad 3 will have once its launched.

So what all of this means is that Apple fans have a real treat in store for them in the coming months while competitors have something to really worry about.

via planetinsane, via digitimes, via sanfrancisco

Sovan Mandal (2780 Posts)

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