Apple's Fall Surprise: iPad 3?

Third version of tablet may have retina display
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 4:44 AM CST

(Newser) – Rumor in the tech world has it that Steve Jobs will be bringing out as many tablets as Moses this year. Apple hasn't even admitted that the iPad 2 exists—although plenty of details have been leaked—but the iPad 3 could well be on its way already this fall, according to TechCrunch. Sources say that the iPad 2 will be available within weeks, to be followed by Apple's "fall surprise"—a third version of the tablet, likely incorporating the iPhone 4's retina-like display.

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Apple is known for sticking fairly rigidly to product development cycles, notes the Huffington Post, so why bring out two iPad models within 6 months? It could be an attempt to outflank HP's upcoming TouchPad tablet, speculates John Gruber at Daring Fireball. "If my theory is right, they're not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3," he writes. (Read more iPad 2 stories.)

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