We all heard Apple could be going for an iPad Mini this year – aimed directly at Kindle Fire – and we also heard iPad 3 could come out sometime this year. But clubbing them both and telling you that Apple would be released two iPads this year was not our idea ever. But DigiTimes seems to have some ‘rumor’ from Taiwanese sources in the manufacturing sector. And the rumors, frankly speaking, do not seem to go well with the product-launch policies of Apple.According to the rumors, the fruit company would be releasing an iPad 3 with Retina HD display – but this would be the iPad Mini, with the 7.65-inch display screen. Having released this is in March 2012, Apple would then launch the iPad 4 – the upgraded iPad with many hardware and software improvements, including the dual-LED display, greater resolution and improved performance thanks to an A6 processor (all rumored again!). The iPad 3 release date being March, the iPad 4 release date looks to be later this year – at a time when many other competitors like Windows, Google etc.
Furthermore, it reports that the iPad 3, or the iPad Mini would arrive with a QXGA display with a 1536×2048 resolution.
For starters, we think it’s a far-fetched rumor! Although Apple has released multiple products the same year, it never has tried releasing two products from the same family – or at least, not in a way that would be equivalent to iPad Mini and iPad 4 launch. There are several things that just don’t match with the rumor here.
First off, Apple has nothing to worry about competition as yet. Over 60% of the market share of tablet PCs is held by Apple. One can definitely expect an iPad upgrade – possibly the iPad 3 (which, in the report, is named iPad 4!) with all the dual-LED display and higher resolution stuff.
Apple also has taken a firm position in the competition against Kindle Fire through its iPad 2. So technically speaking, Apple does not need an iPad Mini to strengthen its hold on the tablet PC – mini or not.
Of course, one aspect of the report – regarding iPad 2 price slash to US$399 might come out true – because once the iPad 3 assembly begins, Apple would want to empty the stock of iPad 2 as soon as possible.