iPad 3 with Retina Display due early 2012?

It looks like your hopes for an iPad 3 under the Christmas tree are taking another kick in the teeth. Anonymous sources are claiming that the first trial run of Retina display-packing iPad 3s are scheduled for October with a launch expected in early 2012. The rumoured 2048 x 1536 screen resolution and 9.7-inch size still seem likely. Obviously, Apple’s expecting a lot of interest, and one supplier has indicated that they’ll be pumping out enough parts for 1.5 million units in the fourth quarter.

This all falls well in line with what we’ve been hearing so far, and if the iPhone 5 really does come out this fall, then there should be plenty of time for the new version of iOS to get fully tablet-optimized; it’s already looking pretty good.  Besides the Retina display, and the operating system upgrade, we don’t know too much about the hard specs. Faster? Maybe. Longer battery life? Sure. Sharper cameras? Sounds reasonable. There’s been some talk that the next iPad would be pro-quality, which means we can expect a fairly high pricetag, but hopefully that will also mean some mind-blowing functionality that we’ve yet to see on a tablet.

What would you guys like to see in the next iPad? Is there anything seriously lacking in the current iOS tablet besides a retina display?

[via WSJ]

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