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Apple iPad 3 cancelled: no new iPads until 2012?

If you've been saving up in anticipation of the iPad 3, we've got bad news: it's been shelved. While Apple doesn't pre-announce new products, credible rumours were predicting a late-2011 launch for a new iPad called either the iPad 3 or iPad HD - but according to DigiTimes, Apple's cancelled its orders for iPad 3 components.

The problem, it seems, is that the iPad 3 is just too ambitious. Its 9.7-inch display is supposed to offer a 2048x1536 resolution (the current model is 1024x768), but suppliers have been struggling to make such screens: doubling the resolution means that the display needs a bigger, brighter light source, and DigiTimes suggests that firms including Samsung and LG haven't been able to deliver such screens in sufficient quantities to make Apple happy. Apple doesn't just want a brighter, higher resolution display: it also wants a thinner, more energy efficient one, and suppliers are having big problems meeting all of those requirements at the right price. Rather than launch a new product in limited quantities, Apple has decided to wait until next year.

It's a blow for gadget fans, we're sure, but Apple won't be too worried: it's finally caught up with the backlog of iPad 2 orders, and it's selling iPad 2s as quickly as it can make them. DigiTimes suggests that Apple will sell around 30 million iPad 2s in the next six months. That's no consolation to desperate Apple fans, of course, but at least iOS 5 is around the corner to make your existing iPad feel brand new.

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