iPad 3 Rumored to Launch Around Same Time as First Two iPads

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Can you believe it? The iPad 3 might become available in March or April, according to recent rumors. The first iPad hit the market on April 3, 2010; the iPad 2 hit the market on March 11, 2011. Apple traditionally follows a yearly product release cycle, so there you have it.

The rumor comes courtesy of DigiTimes, which simply cites “sources in the supply chain” as saying that the parts needed to build Apple’s next tablet have started being shipped to factories, while shipments of iPad 2 parts have been reduced. As previously reported, the iPad 3 is rumored to sport a high-resolution “Retina” display with double the pixels of the first two iPads.

The Retina display rumor’s been around for quite a while now (though it was originally pegged to the iPad 2) and the rumored launch timing lines up with past launches. But as with all Apple rumors, it’s best to take this news as gospel right away and spread it to the far corners of the internet with reckless abandon with a grain of salt.