Rumor has it Apple will release the iPad 3 on February 24, 2012 in honor of Steve Jobs’ birthday. Asian manufacturers are apparently working up a sweat trying to prepare the third-generation iPad for that date. If true, we’re just two months away from a shiny new iPad.
February 24th is slightly under one year after the iPad 2 was released, and the iPad 2 was released slightly under one year after the first iPad was released. The iPad 3 could be the most challenging of them all to manufacture since recent reports suggest it will have a high-resolution 2048 x 1536 retina display. Such a large display would require additional processing power (Apple A6 chip?) and would ultimately slow down production speeds, so manufacturers have a pretty demanding task ahead of them.
“Because it is a new gadget, it is taking time for makers in the supply chain to raise their yield rates,” Focus Taiwan reports. “The sources said all OEM and ODM makers have exercised great caution in ensuring the smooth operations of their production lines.”
With a third iPad already just around the corner, Apple is looking to maintain its strong lead in the tablet arena. Plus with a launch on Steve Jobs’ birthday, who was more than likely involved in the iPad 3’s development, expectations are higher than ever.