Update: Instead of being called the iPad 2 Plus, the rumored new addition to the iPad family may be dubbed the iPad HD, presumably because of the video and photo production markets it will be aimed at. The advanced tablet will have double the resolution of the original screen (2048 x 1536) and is said to be introduced with an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture.
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An updated version of the iPad 2 could hit the market later this year, according to an article in the International Business Times. The new tablet device will be dubbed the iPad 2 Plus, as its minor advances do not make the gadget worthy of the coveted iPad 3 title.
“There are some indications from the supply chain that Apple may look to introduce an ‘iPad 2 Plus’ device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device,” wrote Berger, IBT reported. Though component makers have received request for quotes from Apple, no production has been confirmed as of yet.
While the current iPad 2 has a resolution of 132 pixels per inch (ppi), the iPad 2 Plus could range from 250-300 ppi, resulting in greater photo and video clarity.
Apple could possibly sell a maximum of 10 million units in the second quarter of 2011 and 16.5 million in the third quarter, estimates Berger of the current iPad 2.
However, debuting a third iPad model within the same year of the latest version would be unusual for Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who notoriously adheres to an annual release cycle for Apple products. “While we find this new commentary interesting, we await more confirming data points from other supply chain contacts before fully believing a new iPad device is coming in 2011,” wrote Berger.
Source: International Business Times