WSJ: Apple to launch iPad 3 with 9.7-inch Retina display in early 2012

“Apple Inc. is working with component suppliers and its assembler in Asia for the trial production of its next generation iPad from October, people familiar with the situation say, as it looks to stay ahead of the competition in the fast-growing tablet computer market,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The Cupertino, Calif., company has ordered key components such as display panels and chips for a new iPad it is aiming to launch in early 2012, said the people,” Luk reports. “The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display – 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 – and Apple’s suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device.”

Luk reports, “One component supplier to Apple said the company has already placed orders for parts for about 1.5 million iPad 3s in the fourth quarter. ‘Suppliers will ramp up production and try to improve the yield rate for the new iPad in the fourth quarter before its official launch in early 2012,’ said a person at the supplier.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Please Hurry Steve ! I am still on the iPad 1 – skipped the iPad 2 because I knew something greater would be coming… and this sounds exactly like what I ‘NEED’

    1. ha! My wife and I got the 2 and almost immediately there were rumors of the retna 3. My wife’s response? Damn you steve jobs! Can’t we have the best thing for just 6 months??? I thought it was pretty funny having had this happen to me ever since steve came back to the company…. Hell I bought the first and largest iPod touch. Anyone want to buy an orig iPod touch btw??? 🙂 ( my wife is an apple newbie, but a complete wholesale convert ).

    1. I really think these “Apple to release iPad 3 in Fall” rumors are just there so that they get to report it and then report that they iPad is “delayed” and then report “apple believed to release iPad in Spring”.

      Yeah, they have announced iPads the past 2 springs, you think maybe 2012 will be the same?


      Breaking news! Nothing changed!

      1. You might want to adjust that to 9+ years of R&D. If you remember, the iPad was being developed before the iPhone then shelved (but probably not completely). Apple is ALWAYS 5 years ahead of the competition. “Look where the puck is going, not where it is”

  2. Now use a PC and an iPhone 4.
    Considering an iPad for travel to reduce weight.
    Can I transfer any Windows Office files/docs to an iPad?
    If not, probably will not buy the pad as I see no advantage over the iPhone.
    Thoughts? Thnx.

    1. You can transfer files using a free app called dropbox and many other Apps that do the same. Dropbox comes free with 2GB of storage that you can use to open all your files from any of your devices, including windows devices. If you want more storage room you can chose to pay into it.

    2. I could be wrong, but Apple’s ‘Pages’ app (universal for iPhone and ipad), might be able to read and work with .docs (ditto ‘Numbers’ with Excel spreadsheets) -I know their mac apps certainly do. Plus, when ‘documents in the cloud’ arrives this autumn it should make everything even easier. Worth looking into if you’d like to be working on the fly, too.

      1. yes, both Pages and Keynote are capable of editing Word and ppt docs, before converting them back to Office documents for mailing on to others not in the Apple ecosystem. I can do most things on my iPad that I did on my laptop, saving me having to lug the laptop to work every day (although it is an MBA and hardly heavier).

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