The pieces are slowly coming together about Apple’s Fall plans, as a new report from Thisismynext suggests that we will see a new iPad in a few months that will be called the iPad HD.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because we just heard another report which suggests that an iPad 2 Plus will be landing this Fall with a Retina Display and some other boosted specs. The iPad HD rumor bolsters this claim by saying it will rock a 2048 x 1536 resolution and it will be targeted at the pro market – think video producers.
If we take a step back and look at Apple’s portfolio of products, the iPad HD this Fall does make a lot of sense. The company has three tiers of its MacBook lineup to appeal to different users and it also has multiple versions of its iPod lineup. By creating separate tiers for different markets, it opens up its potential user base.
If an iPad HD were to land this Fall with this type of display, Stefan noted that it would likely need a GPU bump to keep up with the improved screen. Doubling the current resolution is smart too because it ensures that the existing App Store programs will be able to run on it with minimal adjustments. Like iPhone apps on the iPad, these scaled up apps on the iPad HD aren’t guaranteed to run amazingly.
If the iPad HD were to land this Fall, the next logical question is: when will Apple create multiple versions of its iPhone? This may come sooner than you think as the rumors are still swirling that the iPhone 4S will be available in a couple months alongside an even-better iPhone.
It’s a good time to be an Apple fan.