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Analyst: Apple to produce new 'pro' iPad this quarter

updated 01:10 am EDT, Tue August 2, 2011

Current iPad 2 would become 'consumer' iPad

Reviving rumors from last month that Apple was set to create a second tier of iPad with doubled resolution, HD cameras, a higher price tag and "pro" apps, analyst Ashok Kumar at Rodman & Renshaw has told his investors that he expects the "premium" iPad model to debut this quarter, claiming supply chain sources.

Kumar, quoted in a CNet report, says that Foxconn parent company Hon Hai has already begun production on the incremental upgrade, which would be aimed at publishing, video and other "vertical" market segments. The current model would be kept in production as the "consumer" option, with a third-generation iPad coming out in March or April, following the now-traditional yearly release schedule.

Earlier rumors had included the possibility of iPad versions of Final Cut Pro X and Aperture as an example of the sort of "professional" application not yet seen on "consumer" iPads.

Kumar has a very mixed track record on advance leaks, which are usually based on supply-chain sources. He correctly predicted many of the components used in the original iPad before it was released and has since occasionally had advance knowledge of supplier changes, but also claimed a year ago that Apple would make a seven-inch version of the iPad, and that Nokia would produce an iPad-level tablet.

Apple has been known to be preparing system-level artwork for a future iPad release at double the current resolution, and is widely expected to upgrade the quality of the cameras in the iPad in its next iteration, but has otherwise done nothing that would signal a new model iPad that would be shipping within the next 60 days targeting professionals. The present iPad model and its iOS 4.x software have already penetrated 86 percent of the Fortune 500 and found wide grassroots support at the enterprise level, a popularity that is only expected to grow with the release of iOS 5 this fall. [via CNet]

by MacNN Staff




  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That seems very plausible...

    Obviously, Apple would have to charge at a higher price point. I wonder if it replaces the current iPads higher-end offerings or does it even go beyond that. $999 iPad? I doubt that Apple will have a difficult time selling such an iPad if it's aimed for businesses. I'm willing to bet a lot of average consumers will be wanting one. Will this "pro" model require a quad-core processor to move those extra pixels? Apple is going to make it impossible for competitor tablet vendors to take a breather. Apple is truly an amazing company when it comes to selling products.

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's not a pro-iPad

    It's a Lion based tablet, basically a MacBook Air with no keyboard. Apple has found that it's actually easier to control OS X through touch than they initially believed. Lion was the step in that direction. That's why you'll get FCPX in a pro version. It's not a pro version, it's just an update to the current version that has been more touch enabled. The great thing about this new iPad is that it will also run iOS apps. Trouble is, Steve is not convinced the product will sell and is deftly afraid of another G4 Cube. I hope we do.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    lack of rumors

    If this device really was coming out in the next month or so there should be way way more rumors about the exact features and components. So far everything that has been said could just as easily be test parts and prototypes for the Spring 2012 ipad 3.

  1. bmovie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's coming!

    It's definitely coming.
    With Adobe already showing Photoshop for tablets and Apple exploring a stylus, all we need is a better keyboarding app for inDesign and you've got the graphics world standing in line with latte in hand.

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