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iPad 4 tablet to appear in Q2, revised iPad 3 in Q1 says report

Sources from Taiwan have told journalists from Digitimes that there may well be a revised version of the new Apple iPad (or iPad 3) released in the first quarter of next year and a new model introduced towards June 2013.

The report claims that suppliers have been told by Apple about those deadlines with the only hints, which we shall call the iPad 4 rather than the new New iPad, being the fact that the screen size will remain constant at 9.7in and will use a simplified design that allows it to cut the number of LED chips used in its backlight from 84 one-chip packages to 42-two-chip packages.

Such a move will improve the manufacturing process and almost certainly cut down on the bill of materials.

(opens in new tab)The sources haven’t confirmed what changes would be made for the revised version of the new iPad but one can expect that they would be minor and, at least in the UK, may include a different baseband to accommodate for EE’s newly launched 4G network.

Apple is expected to launch an iPad mini, one which will compete with the Google Nexus 7 and the slew of cheap Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Android tablets.

Source: Digitimes (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.