If you’re tired of hearing iPad 3 rumors, you’re not alone, because much of the talk has gone elsewhere: to the iPad 4.
The Taiwanese site DigiTimes recently released a story saying that Apple will release the iPad 3 in March, and the iPad 4 in October. Meanwhile, their sources say Apple will be cutting the price of the iPad 2 to $399 at the launch in March.
It should ne noted, however, that DigiTimes has a debatable track record for accuracy.
Nevertheless, they report the iPad 3 will come with a 10 inch class 2,048 x 1,536 pixel display and extended battery life.
CNET reports that the camera is expected to be greatly improved, and should feature a FaceTime HD camera and a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera similar to what Apple uses in the iPhone 4 or 4S.
DigiTimes says the March release of the iPad 3 is to answer competitors Sony, Motorola Mobility and Samsung. And the reported October launch of the iPad 4 only six months later is right around the time when Microsoft releases its Window 8 and Intel launches its new Clover Trail-W.
Time.com says they doubt the iPad releases would be scheduled so close together without a major selling point. But they agree that the competition is coming. Reports say Amazon is working on new Kindle Fires for 2012 with 8.9-and 10.1-inch displays, and Windows 8 is expected to have a touchscreen interface and an app store for tablet software.