Apple is readying a next-gen iPad for release in February, a Citi analyst speculates.
After the iPhone 4S debacle with media preemptively incorrectly reporting it as the iPhone 5, the Los Angeles Times is wary to call this the iPad 3.
Such a device would be similar to the iPad 2, but include Apple’s high-resolution retina display technology found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S by doubling the iPad 3′s screen resolution, said analyst Richard Gardner in a research note first reported on by Business Insider and PCMag.
Previous reports had said it would be difficult to include a higher-resolution screen, but the analyst said “there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining.”
Even with stiff competition from the Kindle Fire, with about 3.9 million units shipping by the end of the year, Apple remains the tablet heavy weight, with an estimated 65 percent market share. One of the most highly anticipated iPad challengers is the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the LA Times reports, which will have 1280 x 800 pixel screen resolution.