Apple’s next iPad 3 is expected to go on sale in March 2012, according to various reports circulating on the web. The new device will run a faster processor and it will work with next-generation wireless networks. The tablet will use a quad-core chip, an enhancement that lets users jump faster between applications, together with new high-definition screen.
The spokeswoman for Apple, Natalie Kerris, lately told the media the company doesn’t comment on rumor and speculation.
As iPhones and other Apple products, the new device is being assembled by Apple’s main manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn Technology Group. Insiders have commented to reporters that mass production already began in the beginning of January, with factories running 24 hours a day.
The new model is expected to ward off mounting competition in a market that Apple pioneered two years ago. After its debut in 2010, the iPad emerged as the company’s second-biggest source of revenue, after the iPhone. The device inspired competitors such as Amazon.com , Samsung and RIM.
Apple has sold more than 40 million iPads, generating over $25.3 billion in sales.
Smartphone makers, including Samsung, Motorola Mobility Holdings and Nokia Oyj, have already introduced smartphones that work on the faster networks. Apple is bringing LTE to the iPad before the iPhone because the tablet has a bigger battery and can better support the power requirements of the newer technology.
The new display is capable of greater resolution than the current iPad, with more pixels on its screen than some high- definition televisions, the person said. The pixels are small enough to make the images look like printed material. Videos begin playing almost instantly, because of the additional graphics processing.
Currently, Apple is the world’s largest technology company by market value. Its shares gained 26 percent in 2011, marking its third straight year of gains.
Having experienced the late deliveries of Apple’s devices to Dubai during the last two years, customers can expect to be able to purchase the iPad 3 in April or May, if it launches in March. It is possible Apple’s UAE official online store to take pre-orders in advance.