The iPad 3 is expected to be announced the first week of March — rumored March 7th — with a 2,048 by 1, 536-pixel Retina display, quad-core A6 processor, improved cameras and now LTE chip. The over-all design of the tablet is expected to remain the same, but the big new feature here will obviously be the new Retina display. LG and Samsung have been rumored to be manufacturing the display. ChinaTimes is out with a new report this evening saying that Apple has ordered a whopping 65 million 264PPI Retina displays from both LG and Samsung. Both have reportedly already begun production. It isn’t clear if this number includes orders from Sharp, who is also rumored to be building displays from the iPad 3.
For comparison, Apple ordered 40 million displays for the iPad 2. Today’s report indicates a substantial 60-70% increase over iPad 2. If these reports are true, Apple is thinking big for their new tablet.
The iPad 2 is currently the world’s hottest tablet, selling 15.4 million during their holiday quarter. With a big feature like the Retina display, Apple could potentially blow these numbers out of the water. China, and other emerging markets, could contribute to the influx of sales.
So, when can you get your hands on one?
There have been numerous reports that the iPad 3 will be announced during the first week of March, specifically March 7th. The iPad 3 would then ship shortly after. Last year, it took a little over a week.
Apple will continue to compete with new tablets from Samsung, MotoGoogle and Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire, though with its 10-inch Retina display, ‘compete’ might be too strong a word.