There’s a news report out this morning in Barron’s that is suggesting a new iPad called the iPad 2 Plus is already in production and could be released before the holiday seasons. What’s interesting to me here is that I have yet to hear anything about a device called the iPad 2 Plus. The only device name I’ve heard about up to this point is an iPad 3, or even possibly an iPad HD with a release date coming something in October.
According to the Barron’s report, the iPad 2 Plus is currently experiencing problems in making a higher resolution display and has also been hampered in production by supplier Sharp. However, the report predicts 2 million iPad 2 Plus units being built and delivered in Q4.
Here’s what Barron’s reported on what they are calling the iPad 2 Plus:
Moreover, Berger’s sources confirm press reports that problems in making a higher resolution display for an iPad 2 Plus have hampered production at supplier Sharp. He sees 2 million iPad 2 Plus units being built in Q4, but that could improve with better yields. He writes,
It is possible that Apple could still launch this device ahead of the holidays as the firm seeks to: (1) reunify the iPad’s cellular architecture; (2) stay ahead of the competition in terms of screen display resolution and other features; (3) roll out a new higher margin, higher ASP, premium device; and (4) have its ODMs and panel suppliers practice ramping up production of this more difficult display module.
Regardless of whether we are talking about an iPad 2 Plus, an iPad 3, or an iPad HD, I think it’s pretty safe to say we’ll see a new iPad on the market in time for the busy holiday season.
This is sure to make Apple iPad fans excited. And equally excited will be the retailers that are able to provide ample supply of the iPad 2 Plus device. Regardless of the supply availability, something tells me that the iPad will sell out very quickly at all retail locations throughout the world – it’s just the Apple way!