Apple sources are saying that the iPad3 is expected to be the company’s first major release of 2012, and its first shipment could go over 4 million units.
According to 9to5Mac, reports say Apple wants to launch the iPad 3 on the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ birthday, Feb. 24. And Asian contract manufacturers are asking employees to work overtime during the Lunar New Year holiday to meet the deadline.
Bloomberg’s sources say the iPad 3 will go on sale in March, and will have a high-definition screen, a quicker processor and be compatible with long-term evolution. According to etnews.com, Samsung Electronics and LG Display will be providing display panels for the iPad 3, because Sharp couldn’t meet its initial supply. Reports said iPad 3 production began at the beginning of January, with some Chinese factories operating 24 hours.
Apple is said to be bringing LTE to the iPad 3 ahead of the iPhone because of its bigger battery. Northern Voices reported that it will have an A6 quad core processor, Siri, and improved camera systems. The screen is expected to be 1536 x 2048 pixels, with 330-dpi Retina.
Apple usually showcases its new products to the press on Tuesdays or Wednesdays and releases them on a Friday or Saturday. If the reports of February 24 were accurate, the iPad 3 would likely be unveiled in a couple of weeks. According to PC Mag, iPad 2 was first introduced on Wednesday, March 2 of last year, and was in stores Friday, March 11. The original iPad was unveiled on Wednesday, Jan. 27 and reached the stores on Saturday, April 3.
Apple has released items on Jobs’ birthday in the past. The Thunderbolt MacBook Pros were released in 2011, and a re-designed Safari 4 beta came out in 2009.