iPad 2 HD set for fall 2011? [Update: in October]

Rumors of another new iPad this year have been circulating for a while, and now This is My Next is hearing it won't be an iPad 3 but instead will be an iPad 2 HD sporting a pixel doubled Retina Display and aimed at the higher end market.

As hard as it might be to believe, the new tablet is said to sport a double resolution screen (2048 x 1536), and will be dubbed the “iPad HD.” The idea behind the product is apparently that it will be a “pro” device aimed at a higher end market — folks who work in video and photo production possibly — and will be introduced alongside something like an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture. This product is specifically said to not be the iPad 3, rather a complimentary piece of the iPad 2 line. Think MacBook and MacBook Pro.

Aside from the new name, this matches up very closely to what TiPb has been hearing as well. It also fits in nicely with Apple's slogan from earlier this spring, that 2011 would be the year of the iPad 2.

If they really want to stay consistent, however, iPad 2 Pro has a nice ring to it. As always, however, when exactly Apple chooses to pull the trigger on new hardware depends on the prices and yields of components like that HD screen. After all, it's been problematic enough to produce the current resolution iPad 2s fast enough to meet demand.

[Update: Sounds like the announcement might be in September with the launch in October TiPb Forums]

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Rene Ritchie

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iPad 2 HD set for fall 2011? [Update: in October]


Please stop with these run of the mill rumors! There is no way apple will give us iPad 2 adopters the finger. Everyone knows fall will be the next iterations of the iPod and iPhone. Don't blog at all if it's not news.

will this be as useless as the current macbook vs. macbook pro lines? who really buys the macbook nowadays, ever since they started with the 13" being pros its just been marketing BS. this ipad would be a waste in my opinion as im assuming id be over 1000 after taxes and warrenty, for what? retina at that price point, cant justify that at all.

So apparently, when September comes we'll see:
-The iPad 2.5
-The iPhone 5 (4S?)
-The iPhone Nano
-The iPod Touch 5
-The iPod Nano 7
-The iPod Classic (Whatever generation it is)

What about the iPod shuffle? hehe.
I think new iPod classic, nano and shuffle devices will only be released through press releases just like Macs. The iPod touch is on the bubble.
The fall event will be about iPhone, iPhone and iPhone. A 128 GB iPad with 2048x1536 screen at what, $899, would be a one more thing if they even do it. iPod touch 5 would be 2 minutes of the special event if it makes there.

No chance for another ipad this year. Apple will NEVER release two models of the same product the same year

I'm unemployed and broke, BUT if i WERE interested in an iPad, it would have been this one. It was criminal of Apple to release iPad2 without retina display. Owning iPhone4, i can't even bear the blurriness of the non-retina display. It DOES rock and it probably IS worth every cent, especially for reading magazines or movies.