Apple to release upgraded iPad 2 in 2012 with iPad 3 to follow later in the year

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Reports on the launch of the next iPad range from Apple releasing an 'iPad Mini' along with the iPad 3, to the company only launching the iPad 3 at some point in 2012.  According to a new report however, Apple's next tablet will be an upgraded iPad 2 in early 2012, with the iPad 3 arriving later in the year. The report from Digitimes claims the next iPad will be released in March of 2012, featuring better battery life, while being thinner overall.

Unfortunately for those desiring a a massive upgrade over the iPad 2, Digitimes believes the next iPad will only be an upgraded iPad 2, not the iPad 3.  The story goes on to claim Apple will then release the iPad 3 in third quarter of 2012.

Much like reports from July which proclaimed Apple would announce an iPad 2 Plus in September following the release of the iPad 2, It is difficult to believe Apple would launch a minor upgrade to the iPad 2 and then follow that up with the iPad 3.

What does seem likely is that the next iPad will feature better battery life, a modified form, the A6 processor, and possibly a Retina Display provided Apple's suppliers can manufacture enough of the displays to suit Apple.

Do you think Apple will release 2 iPads in 2012?  If so, would you forgo purchasing the next iPad in hopes that another model will be released later in the year?  Offer your thoughts in the comments below.