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Next gen iPad arriving by end of April next year

Latest rumours suggest release of Apple's next tablet only 4 months away, maybe sooner

By MARK JONES

Published: 13 December, 2011

READ MORE: US | Apple | Tablet | iOS

Rumours or no rumours a release of around March or April for Apple's next generation tablet is no big surprise. Digitimes is reporting that this is in fact the case, though it's sources are anonymous, and if correct will at least mean that the Cupertino-based company isn't breaking it's annual product cycle. The sources say that production of the iPad 2 will remain high during the fourth quarter of this year, at around 14-15m units, but will decline in the first quarter of the new year leading up to the launch of the iPad 2.

There has been plenty of speculation over the last few months over what form the the next iPad will take. A favourite bet of many has been on a smaller version of the tablet that would be competitively priced with the Kindle Fire. Others have said that the next iPad won't be radically different from the iPad 2 except for the addition of the much anticipated Retina display. This latest report seems to support the latter idea as it makes no mention of a smaller tablet. In addition to this Samsung's recently revealed plans to reveal a tablet with a resolution to rival that of Apple's retina display at the Mobile World Congress next year sound like they've been timed to combat a new iPad.


With production on the new device expected to reach 10m units in the first quarter of 2012 it seems Apple is not worried about the increasing amount of competition. It also seems less likely that it will be offering a smaller slate, which at one point it seemed dead set against.

The report also mentions that as of the first three months of 2011 Apple sold 25.06m iPads, a number which is expected to reach 40m by the end of year. In spite of increased competition from the Kindle Fire the iPad's sales have shown known no signs of slowing down, regardless of whether Amazon's tablet is a success or not.

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