Our sources are saying that not only will there be a newly designed iPhone coming in the fall, but there is going to be a new entry into the iPad family as well. As hard as it might be to believe, the new tablet is said to sport a double resolution screen (2048 x 1536), and will be dubbed the “iPad HD.” The idea behind the product is apparently that it will be a “pro” device aimed at a higher end market — folks who work in video and photo production possibly — and will be introduced alongside something like an iPad version of Final Cut or Aperture. This product is specifically said to not be the iPad 3, rather a complimentary piece of the iPad 2 line.
Think MacBook and MacBook Pro.
Citing “unnamed sources”, ThisIsMyNext this afternoon claims that Apple may be planning to introduce a new generation of its highly popular iPad tablet, dubbed “iPad HD”, as early as this Fall.
As we clearly noted in our take on “Why iPad 3 Probably Isn’t Coming This Year, (But Still Might)”, this is definitely a possibility, albeit an unlikely one. While we do believe Apple is working on a next-generation model, we don’t believe the device will rear its head this year.
The fact that Apple is working on the next-generation of its iPad though, is seemingly very apparent in the previous evidence uncovered from various versions of iOS. Specifically the finding of super high-resolution icons within parts of the OS – 2048 x 1536 to be exact – which led to rumors then surfacing over whether this next-generation iPad will have a “Retina”-quality display, or not.
With a screen resolution that large, the moniker iPad HD would certainly fit the bill. But the most interesting part of this report is perhaps the suggestion that such a device would be capable of running professional applications such as Final Cut Pro and Aperture.
It would certainly explain the major change to the software Apple is paying for right now.[via 9to5Mac]