iPad 3 not in time for Christmas

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There has been a lot of speculation over the last few months that Apple could be release another iPad during the fall of this year. Now we have news that the iPad 3 release date will not be in time for Christmas as first thought.

Now there are claims that because of production constraints for the higher-resolution display panels for the new device, Apple has stopped its supply schedule for the iPad 3 during the second half of 2011. According to DigiTimes Apple schedule accounted for up to two million units during the third quarter, with five to six million during the fourth quarter.

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The sources are claiming that Apple’s partners couldn’t supply the yield rate of the 9.7-inch panel that has a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, and were unable to provide high enough production levels of the display.

Since the iPad 2 first became available there have been numerous rumors that there will be a new version arriving this year but with a Retina display. Whether any of these reports were true remains to be seen, and many consumers who had just laid out for the iPad 2 would have quite angry if a new version was to come out so soon.

The iPad 2 remains to sell strongly despite the continuing rumors of a new model this year, with the company selling almost ten million units during the June quarter. Back in June LG Display had supplied Apple with three million iPad 2 displays, and Samsung provided around 1.5 million units. But the following month LG’s supply dropped with Samsung providing around the same amount.

Apple may be already working on the iPad 3 but have planned all along to release it next year. Even though the original iPad was replaced in under a year, it was longer than the six months that some predicted for the iPad 3. With any tech product these day’s from any manufacturer you can expect a new better version to become available in a short time.

Will you be looking to get an iPad 3 when it becomes available or are you thinking of getting an iPad 2?