This is my next runs this story based on unnamed sources who claim that come this Fall tablet fans will have a choice between iPad 2 and an-all new high-end iPad aimed at creative pros, apparently dubbed ‘iPad HD':
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.
As for Final Cut Pro/Aperture, it would perhaps explain why Apple made such a drastic change in its X product, but the extra pixels don’t exactly make a professional video editor. A bigger screen could, however :D.
Overall, we love the idea of an iPad HD and all of the previous evidence points to it (below from the iS 5 SDK). But why wait until the Fall? Perhaps the screens just weren’t ready yet at price points that made sense. That is a lot of pixels to throw on a 9.7-inch display.
Regarding the iPhone 4S/5/+/HD/Whatever, TIMN says:
We’ve heard that the device is out of favor at the highest levels of the company, and folks are ready to move on to an entirely new product.
They go on to say that the new device is being fit into a Gray Powel-esque iPhone 4 container and is thinner and lighter and contains more magic.
- HHI Snap-On Hard Back Shell Case for iPad 2 w/ $2 credit for $9 + $3 s&h (9to5toys.com)
- Aluminum keyboard case turns iPad 2 into a MacBook Air lookalike (9to5mac.com)