iPad 3 with Retina Display and an iPad Mini 7.8″ to be Released in 2012?

Nov 22, 2011 - 14 Comments

iPad 3 Rumors Apple will release an iPad 3 with a retina display running at 2048×1536 resolution next year, and the production of the IPS QXGA display is already underway by Samsung, Sharp, and LGD, according to a new report. Citing a confident analyst from DisplaySearch, CNET quotes “It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started“.

Talk of an iPad 3 with a retina display isn’t anything new, theoretical discussion of such hardware started before the iPad 2 was even announced in 2011, with various pieces of evidence and conjecture surfacing early on.

Current iPad 3 rumors indicate the following possibilities:

  • Retina Display – persistent rumors and reports suggest a high resolution display is all but guaranteed
  • Quad Core CPUreferences to a quad-core ARM CPU were found and quickly removed from Xcode earlier in the year, igniting speculation that a quad core chip could make it to the next generation of iOS hardware
  • Siri – the hit AI assistant agent from iPhone 4S is likely to make it to other Apple hardware in the future, perhaps starting with iPad 3
  • Dual Mode CDMA/GSM Support – it’s very likely the next iPad will include the same dual mode GSM and CDMA chip from the iPhone 4S, allowing Apple to produce a single 3G equipped iPad rather than separate CDMA and GSM devices
  • Release Date – presumably the iPad 3 release will follow past iPad footsteps, with a release sometime around March or April of 2012

There are also some rumors suggesting the iPad 2 may stick around as a lower cost model, with the iPad 3 becoming a “Pro” addition that would turn the iPad into more of a product family. Apple offering a lower cost iPad may very well depend on the success of competing lower priced tablets, which thus far have struggled to gain traction in the marketplace.

iPad Mini with a 7.85″ Display to Debut Later in 2012?

Later in the aforementioned CNET report is a reference to an “mini iPad” that would include a 7.85″ display. Such a device would supposedly come in the second half of 2012, but only if there’s adequate market interest:

“If there’s demand there. There’s no reason they wouldn’t build a 7.85-inch iPad,” Shim said.

Demand for smaller screened tablets may end up depending on the success of the low priced Amazon Kindle Fire. A recent report indicated that Apple’s iPad maintains a dominating lead in tablet market share, but suggested the newly released Kindle Fire will place direct pressure on the iPad. Amazon’s tablet could be a motivating factor for Apple to be exploring an iPad with a smaller display.

While rumors are fascinating to ponder, it’s wise to take all Apple rumors with a grain of salt, especially considering how incredibly inaccurate and imaginative the iPhone 5 speculation ended up being. In other words, don’t believe it until it’s announced by Apple.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, News, Rumor


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  2. Lee says:

    i think that they are making the ipad mini for travelers like that go on a plane or anything like that. Its not cool to do that. Wither u have a big big ipad or u have an iphone… U cant have something that is in between both of em…

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  7. whim says:

    2048×1536 IPS and Quad Core arm CPU …..
    and then,for just end-users, intel macbook xxx can go hell,
    ios just has some limits,short for some enhancement tools,
    maybe,simplify it thoroughly in the future,abandon intel,
    ios and macos merge into one

  8. I cant wait for this, i definitely getting one. Retina screen means a lot to me and my peepers

  9. Marucins says:

    You wrote stupidity (retina) before the Apple show iPad 2
    Apple F*** you all :)

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  11. David says:

    I think Retina for the iPad is a necessity. I’m so used to my iPhone screen having that beautiful crisp clarity to it and as great as the iPad 1 + 2 are whenever I try one out in an Apple store it’s quite a let down how poor the screen looks in comparison to the practically pixel free iPhone one. Retina on the iPad 3 makes it one of the most irresistible devices ever, the usual speed bump and hopefully a battery increase even more so, I’d finally buy one!

    • Paul says:

      Wouldn’t that mean that a Retina display would be a necessity in a MacBook (Air and Pro). When I use my iPad 2 I don’t stare at the screen thinking that I can see each individual pixel in the same way I don’t look at a laptop and desktop like that.

      It is a ‘would be nice’ addition, people get to drawn in to a ‘it must have this or that or I will never buy one’ attitude.

      They’ve been running rumours like this for too long now, it just creates disappointment when Apple release the new iDevice each year just because they don’t always live up to the hype created by the media and rumour sites.

  12. Robert says:

    I highly doubt the iPad mini rumors. The 7″ tablets are very difficult to read on, turn your iPhone sideways and it’s the same experience with just a longer viewing angle. You have to zoom into everything and eye strain is quick to develop.

    Plus the only thing an 7″ iPad would compete with would be the iPod touch, the Kindle Fire is selling well but the reports of sluggish performance are going to backfire once it’s in enough customer hands. Amazon may have blown their customer trust with the Fire in a rush to market.

  13. the edge says:

    Code names J1 and J2 for iPad 3 were found in IOS 5 too


    Also a third code name that of which nobody knows, maybe Apple TV 3?

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