Another day, another iPhone 5 / iPad 3 rumor, but that keeps everybody entertained and gives us subjects to write about. This time, is a rumor everybody seems to agree upon, not just a lone analyst in a dusty office. It looks like the Taiwanese companies involved somehow in the production of Apple’s toys are starting to prepare their components anticipating to start production sometime in August. Both iPhone 5 and iPad 3 are rumored to see the official light of the day sometime in September and start shipping the following month. Not sure how fast you’ll be able to get one, but that’s an entirely different issue.
While everybody does expect an iPhone 4 successor, the iPad 3 if true comes as a surprise because Apple would break their 12 month standard cycle between models. Of course, the market is somewhat different. More competitors, especially in the tablet field, are releasing devices that rival iPad 2 (Samsung’s new tablets are just an example) and they are forcing Apple to work harder. iPad 2, cool as it is, was also an evolutionary device rather than revolutionary and did not include several expected technologies including retina display (which is again rumored to arrive in iPad 3 as a 250 dpi screen), NFC (Near Field Communication) integration or LTE support.
Another reason Apple could be changing the normal release date would be to have product launches closer to Holiday Season so they can squeeze as much sales as possible. Time will tell, like always if this particular rumor is true or not. Don’t forget though, Amazon is also preparing their two Android based tablets is about the same time frame, one dual core and one, an industry first quad core and, if past Amazon design is an indication, they’ll rival Apple products in terms of size, build quality and thickness.
On a personal note, I would just wish that damn iPad 2 jailbreak would be here already!