Apple Plans iPad 3, iPad 4 & quad-cores for 2012 …apparently

Apple Plans iPad 3, iPad 4 & quad-cores for 2012 …apparently

The Apple iPad 3 tablet is eagerly awaited and the closer we get to an expected launch the more the rumor mill grinds. Now we have further information that reinforces previous speculation of two iPads in 2012 and also that the tablet will feature a quad-core processor. Will we really see an iPad 3 and an iPad 4 this year though, one in March and the other in October?

We’ve certainly heard the rumors of two iPads coming before with differing information and specs and also talked of the possibility of a quad-core processor for the iPad 3 and this latest report seems to back those two ideas up. The news was brought to our attention in two separate BGR posts and the idea of an iPad 3 and 4 was reported in Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes yesterday.

As well as the iPad 3 with Retina Display that we’ve informed about before, DigiTimes says there will be an iPad 4 with “killer applications.” DigiTimes states that the iPad 3 will be shipped in March and the iPad 4 in October of this year and claims its news is from Apple’s component supply chain. We should point out that DigiTimes has a somewhat mixed record on reporting upcoming Apple products although sometimes it has been accurate. The purported iPad 4 is described as 9.7-inches and will have “much upgraded hardware specifications.

In more news we’re informed that a quad-core processor for the next iPad seems more likely with references to a new quad-core chip apparently being discovered in the Apple iOS 5.1 beta. This news, if accurate, will undoubtedly please many waiting to get their hands on quad-core Apple devices and would also be an indicator that Apple is still at the forefront of cutting-edge devices.

We’d like to hear your views on the latest iPad information. Is a quad-core processor essential for the next iPad in your opinion? Do you really think there will be both an iPad 3 and iPad 4 this coming year? Send your comments to let us know.

Sources: BGR (1) AND BGR (2)

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