Could Apple Launch A "Premium" iPad 2?

While things are more or less pinned down when it comes to Apple's next generation iPhone, it is a different story when it comes to Apple's next tablet. Some sources claim Apple could soon be launching an enhanced version of the iPad 2, while others argue that the Cupertino-based company is actually planning something bigger, a completely redesigned iPad 3.

The latest report, apparently coming from sources at Foxconn, suggests a new upgraded high-end iPad 2 tablet is going into production. The model will be targetted towards professionals in such fields as publishing, and it would sit alongside its sibling iPad 2, rather than replace the tablet which was released in March.

"Apple is expected to roll out a premium version of iPad 2 -a higher resolution screen, front -rear- facing HD cameras- in the current quarter," Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, reported citing supply chain sources.

Since Apple wouldn't want to cannibalise its recently released and highly popular tablet, this new model will be especially designed for some select segments of the market instead of being a replacement for the iPad 2.

Another analyst from IHS-iSuppli, Wayne Lam, said in an interview yesterday, "The true third-generation iPad would be on a yearly [timetable]. That said, I wouldn't preclude anything they could do incrementally".