Apple has reportedly begun trial production on its next-generation iPad 3 tablet device and it’s scheduled to launch in early 2012. The Cupertino, Calif., company has ordered key components such as display panels and chips for a new iPad 3, according to the Wall Street Journal.
As far as the specs of the iPad 3? Apparently we can expect the high resolution (2048×1536), 9.7-inch display, up from the iPad 2′s 9.5-inch, 1024×768 display.
“Suppliers will ramp up production and try to improve the yield rate for the new iPad in the fourth quarter before its official launch in early 2012.” One supplier claimed that Apple has already placed orders to develop 1.5 million iPad 3s in the fourth quarter.
Apple announced the iPad 2 in March, just 15 months after the launch of the first-generation iPad. The accelerated release cycle has helped Apple maintain a dominant share of the tablet market.
Of course, iPad 3 rumors have taken a backseat to iPhone 5 rumors these days. The latest rumor sets that release for October.