Today there are further reports circulating that indicate the release of a new iPad model in the last quarter of this year. This rumor has been around off and on since late last year and doesn’t seem to ever completely go away.
There seems to be a lot of consensus around two major reasons for this release timing: to crush the new crop of iPad rivals (the first real competition) that are coming out this summer; and to switch the iPad annual refresh cycle to take full advantage of the more target-rich winter holiday period. Both of those seem plausible enough to me.
Also getting a lot of coverage today is the discovery of images in the iOS 5 beta that show doubled-up resolution (to 2048X1536) and quadruple the number of pixels for the iPad. This is fueling further speculation that the iPad 3 will have a greatly improved display, up to near ‘Retina’ quality.
Honestly, I think the major display upgrade for the iPad 3 is one of those rumors that Vegas probably would no longer take bets on, as in there’s almost no chance at all that Apple would release a next-gen iPad without that upgrade.
Although it gets tiresome trying to wade through Apple and iPad rumors at times, I’m always happy to see the iPad 3 ones, as I hope the persistence of these means the odds are increasing that we’ll see it before the end of the year.