Perennial rumor-mongers Digitimes are saying that the iPad 3 will not be landing this year. This rumor first appeared in February when John Gruber opined that Apple might be considering putting out an additional unit this year, though he freely admitted he was just guessing. Since then we haven’t seen any firm evidence of a high-resolution iPad that would land this year, but the rumor hasn’t died down either.
Digitimes sources are saying that it isn’t going to happen just yet, and that Apple is sourcing high-resolution displays but it won’t land this year:
Sources from touch panel makers pointed out that Apple recently released its latest tablet PC plan and is asking the panel makers to provide products that are capable to support higher image quality than the current iPad 2 and Apple may even choose AMOLED panel or panel that support Full HD standard to accomplish the plan. However, since the project is still at the initial planning stage, the actual products are unlikely to appear in 2011.
The sources pointed out that they have not yet received any notice for next generation iPad products and do not believe iPad 2 is a transitional product. With iPad 2′s strong shipment order forecast from Apple, the sources believe iPad 3 will not appear in the short term.
I definitely get what they’re saying about Apple not cannibalizing iPad 2 sales too soon. If the original interest is indicative of longer term trends, the iPad 2 will make money hand over fist for quite some time yet.