Rumor: Next iPad coming in February with Retina display?

Take this one with a 9.7-inch grain of salt, but according to Citi analyst Richard Gardner, Apple has overcome all technical hurdles and will be releasing the iPad 3 in February sporting a full 2048×1536 Retina display.

According to "several sources" the next iPad will launch in February, and it will sport a screen with double the resolution of the current model. Gardner says, "there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining" to prevent a launch of a high-resolution iPad, despite rumors to the contrary.

TiPb previously heard Apple had considered moving iPad 3 up to a fall 2011 release but due to scale issues with the Retina display had moved it back to a spring 2012 slot.

Bearing in mind analysts are often only as reliable as flipping a coin, this shouldn't dissuade anyone who wants a current generation iPad 2 for the holidays from getting an iPad 2 for the holidays. If you can hold out, however, the original iPad was released in April 2010, and the iPad 2 hit in March of this year, so the cycle could well continue. (Or Apple could move iPad 3 to the June slot, keeping iPhone in its new fall position -- there's simply no way to know until Apple makes the announcement.)

Source: BusinessInsider

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Rumor: Next iPad coming in February with Retina display?

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"this shouldn’t dissuade anyone who wants a current generation iPad 2 for the holidays from getting an iPad 2 for the holidays"
Perhaps, but paying full Apple price for an 8 month old product should be dissuading enough that will fall 200-300 in just a few months. I'd recommend a used first gen ipad or Fire in the meanwhile that should hold better resale values.

Sure hope there is no loss in 3d performance to meet the fill rate on that large screen. Otherwise, thousands of apps will not work.

I'm really trying to hold out on getting an iPad 2 for Christmas to aid in my 2012 semester of college (note taking, ease of use and transportation, etc.) but if the 3 is right around the corner, I may as well just continue to wait? My birthday is in February too.

doing happy dance Really really hope this pans out. February isn't that far away! I already asked my family for Apple store gift cards for christmas to put towards my iPad 3 next year. I'm so there the day it comes out!

If you're right then Apple would also have to announce the beta of iOS 6 in March and then GM of iOS 6 in summer to coincide with iPhone launch.
Personally, what I see happening is iPad in the spring, new Macs in the summer, iPhone / iPod launch in the fall.