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Rumor mill pins iPad 3 launch for Q3 2012

iPad 2 upgrade expected in March

Apple is reportedly planning to introduce two new iPads next year, a revamped iPad 2 and a completely new iPad 3 sometime in Q3.

According to Digitimes, the next generation iPad 2, let’s call it iPad 2.5, will enter production soon. It is expected to launch in March 2012 and it will be an evolution of the existing iPad 2, which itself is an evolution of the original iPad. It will be thinner than the original and it should deliver better battery life.

The rumoured iPad 3, let’s call it Earl, is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2012. Earl will be an entirely new design, but details on the new tablet are rather scarce, so we expect a flood of rumours over the next few months.

There is much speculation about Apple’s iPad strategy. Some punters expect Cupertino to roll out a cheaper and smaller device, that would be better positioned to take on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Others expect a quad-core beast with a Retina display and dismiss talk of a smaller, cheaper model.

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