It seems that since the launch of the Apple iPad 2 back in March attention turned straight away to the next iPad, or iPad 3. For some time it was rumored that the iPad 3 would in fact be released later in 2011, but this was later dispelled by part suppliers in China that said they were highly dubious of another iPad for this year. However there are now reports that Apple is already certifying components for the iPad 3, which has got many people talking although we think the release will be in 2012 rather than this year.
Apparently sources for Taiwanese component makers are saying that some manufacturers have already received certification for components, with LED backlight units from Radiant Opto-Electronics being particularly mentioned. Josh Ong of Apple Insider tells more about the report in Taiwanese newspaper Digitimes, part of which reads, “Taiwan-based component makers for backlight modules and light bars have received certification from Apple, however, the certification of panels is still in progress, added industry sources.”
We should point out that Digitimes often reports on Apple developments and has a pretty mixed record for accuracy so this should probably be regarded as speculation for now. We recently reported on a new Samsung display and about the possibility of it coming to the iPad 3 but the same sources have also dispelled this, saying that the panels will still be “9.7-inch LCD panels” and that Chimei Innolux is near to receiving certification for those panels. Similarly the sources also say the iPad 3 release will not be until 2012.
You may also be interested in Killian Bell’s take on this news over on Cult of Mac where it’s noted that 2 iPads in one year always did seem unlikely, and we are increasingly swayed to believe we will not see an iPad 3 until next year. What are your thoughts on this? Were you hoping to see an iPad 3 this year? Maybe you held off purchasing the iPad 2 because of another iPad on the way? Let us know with your comments.