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Apple Souping Up iPad 3 for Next Year, Says Report

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This week, Digitimes reported that Apple had killed the iPad 3's supply schedule for the second half of the year -- effectively postponing the release until 2012 at the earliest. Well, Wall Street Journal sources agree with half of that assessment: Apple is indeed aiming for an "early 2012" launch date for the iPad 3, but with a trial production beginning in October.

Both parties seem to agree on another point: The iPad 3 will have a Retina Display.

The chief issue that Digitimes intimated was giving Apple some problems was the new Retina Display. The site claimed that the 9.7-inch, 2,048 x 1,536 panel would've been too expensive to produce en masse and reach a good yield.

However, according to the Journal, the Apple suppliers "have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3." Adding, "Suppliers will ramp up production and try to improve the yield rate for the new iPad in the fourth quarter before its official launch in early 2012."

So there might've been some difficulty nailing down a production schedule, but from the Journal's sources, it appears that it's all straightened out.

And the good news to take away: There's an increased likelihood of a Retina Display on the iPad 3.

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