Yet another report surfaces today about a possible iPad 3 launch before the end of the year, according to Boy Genius Report. The latest rumour comes via the Taiwan Economic News, which says that Apple plans to launch the iPad 3 “by Thanksgiving or next year.” While it has to be said that “next year” doesn’t exactly narrow it down, this is the second time in the past few days that sources in Apple’s supply chain have mentioned Thanksgiving as a possible release date (which means the end of November, 2011). The Taiwan Economic News also says that according to its anonymous industry executive sources the iPad 3 will launch at the same price point as the iPad 2, and the remaining iPad 2s will then be heavily discounted in order to move any back stock.
BGR mentions in its report the recent rumours that the iPad 3 will have a Retina Display, but the Taiwan Economic News report does not appear to have any new information on this. The reason for Apple releasing another iPad so quickly after the launch of the iPad 2 is said to be so that it can keep one step ahead of the next wave of rival tablets that are due to hit the market towards the end of 2011.
Source: Apple iPad 3 to launch at current price points as iPad 2 is discounted, discontinued