iPad 3 to Possibly Launch in Early 2012
The evidence comes largely from Apple's interactions with suppliers: the company has been noted as having set delivery dates for the components of the new iPad and has begun to place orders for 1.5 million iPad 3s to be produced in the fourth quarter of 2011.
One of the big points is related to the iPad 3's new hi-res display, which is rumored to have been upgraded to 2048x1536 from the previous iPad's 1024x768. Evidence of this higher resolution was found three months ago hidden within iOS 5, indicating that Apple intends to increase the iPad's resolution. Suppliers have already mentioned that Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch device, and that they have already shipped small quantities for the sampling of the iPad 3.